Traditional metal braces are ideal for some patients. They can resolve the most complicated orthodontic issues and leave them with the straight teeth and beautiful smiles they deserve. If you are a good candidate for metal braces, you may be wondering whether they cause sores. The reality is that metal braces can lead to minor discomfort and mouth sores.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent and alleviate mouth sores and remain comfortable throughout your braces treatment. Dr. Derek Sanders recommends the following tips:

Dental Wax

Dental wax is an invaluable tool while you are wearing braces. It can be purchased at virtually any drug store and can keep metal from irritating your mouth. Keep in mind that if you do use dental wax, you’ll need to reapply it throughout each day. This is the most cost-effective way to reduce mouth sores. Dental wax is not a permanent resolution to irritation of braces. Think of it as chap stick for your gums and cheeks.

Salt Water

Salt water is a good option once you already have a mouth sore. All you have to do is mix salt with some warm water and swish it around your mouth for a minute or so. The salt will disinfect the sore and make you feel better.

Stay Away From Certain Foods and Beverages

Consuming foods and beverages that are excessively hot or cold can lead to mouth sores. In addition, foods that are overly spicy or salty can make it more difficult for your sore to heal.

Contact Orthodontics Only

If your mouth sores don’t go away within a couple days, call our office at 305-598-3384 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanders. We have assisted thousands of patients with metal braces and clear braces. While you may think you have a unique situation that cannot be resolved, we likely have the answer to your question.