Help! My Braces Are Rubbing a Blister in My Mouth

Help! My Braces Are Rubbing a Blister in My Mouth

For all the benefits that come with braces, there’s no denying they can make things hard on your soft tissues.

We want your braces experience to be positive and comfortable, which is why our experts at LM Orthodontics in McLean, Virginia, have compiled this list of ways to prevent and treat the mouth sores that may develop during your braces treatment.

Why braces cause blisters and mouth sores 

Whether you opted for classic metal braces or the clear ceramic version, you may be wondering why they would cause blisters in your mouth. After all, they were designed and manufactured specifically to be worn on your teeth where they are in constant contact with your cheeks and tongue, so you’d think the experience would be problem-free.

Unfortunately, despite all the advances made over the years, there’s no getting around one simple law of physics — friction damages soft tissue.

Fortunately, friction also toughens up tissue; it just takes a little time. Meanwhile, rubbing that occurs between your new braces and your mouth may lead to some sore spots, blisters, and open wounds called ulcers. 

How to wear braces without getting mouth ulcers

This breaking-in phase shouldn’t last long, but until your mouth gets used to the foreign object strapped to your teeth, it’s best to be prepared for occasional sores. Here are our best tips for avoiding these minor injuries and treating them if they pop up.

Reduce friction

If you’ve ever had a blister on your foot, you know it’s caused by rubbing. The same is true in your mouth. You can reduce the friction by placing wax or silicone pads on the high places of your braces. Your cheeks, lips, and tongue will slide right over them.

Keep your mouth clean

Since small abrasions are inevitable when you get braces, it’s best to keep your mouth squeaky clean. Disinfect it often with a mouthwash that clears away bacteria and prevents infection from setting in. Some products can even help form a protective barrier over existing mouth sores. Talk to our team about which one is best for you. 

Brushing and flossing regularly go a long way toward keeping the area sterile, too. We teach you how to clean between your brackets and ensure they don’t become bacteria hideouts.

Drink plenty of water

Your own saliva has some pretty powerful antibacterial properties, so keeping it flowing can reduce the chance of infection even if you happen to get a mouth ulcer. Drinking water triggers saliva production and also whisks away food particles, so it’s a win-win.

Rinse with warm salt water

A half a teaspoon of salt mixed into a cup of warm water soothes your soreness and kills bacteria at the same time. 

Relieve the pain

Let’s face it: Mouth ulcers can hurt. If you have one that’s particularly painful, dab on some topical oral pain reliever. These work instantly and bring much-needed relief. However, the reprieve is temporary, so back it up with an over-the-counter pain-relieving medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 

Watch what you eat

When you have an open sore in your mouth, certain foods and drinks can make it worse. Steer clear of acidic and spicy foods until the sore heals. On the other hand, yogurt may improve your symptoms — it has probiotic properties that ease pain and fend off bacteria.

Your mouth will get used to your braces quickly, but until it does, we’re here to help you adjust. If you have a mouth ulcer that’s causing you pain, and you can’t get relief from the remedies we’ve listed, come see us. You may need a small adjustment to your brackets for a more comfortable fit. We can also monitor the ulcer to make sure it doesn’t develop into an infection.

Call us with questions or to schedule an appointment, or request a consultation online today. 

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