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Have you recently started orthodontic treatment and have discovered canker sores in your mouth? Do you know what canker sores look like? These temporary mouth sores will ease as your oral tissues adjust to your new braces within a couple of weeks.

During this time, these sores will appear as shallow ulcers which are white (or yellow) surrounded by a red border. While canker sores can develop whether you are wearing braces, they can arise as the soft oral tissues in your mouth are temporarily irritated by your new braces.

To help you deal with your canker sores, Dr. Michael Emanuel and our team in Brooklyn, New York are happy to share some the following tips to relieve your symptoms. So, let’s take a look!

Dental wax

Orthodontic wax, or dental wax is one of the best tools to have in your smile toolkit. The purpose of this wax is to protect oral tissues from irritation. This can help to prevent sores from developing when you wear braces, especially placing it on those areas where the braces are rubbing you, until the area “toughens up”. And of course, once you have canker sores, dental wax can allow them to heal without the braces further irritating them. To use the wax, simply take a small piece of wax, roll it into a ball, and place it on the parts of the braces causing you discomfort.

Saltwater rinse

Using salt water rinses to bathe your mouth and remove bacteria heal canker sores as it soothes the affected area.

Ointment

You can easily find over-the-counter ointments at your local drugstore to help with the pain and irritation of canker sores. Simply apply a tiny bit of the numbing ointment over the area for symptom relief.

Pain relievers

Should the discomfort from canker sores be difficult to ignore, you can temporarily use pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, as the area heals.

Limit foods or beverages

During the period of adjustment when your mouth is getting accustomed to having braces and you have sores, you will want to avoid consuming hot, spicy, or acidic foods and drinks to keep from irritating them.

Canker sores don’t have to linger in your mouth. Implementing these tips will help them heal quickly. Dr. Michael Emanuel and our Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC team are here for you as you straighten your smile. You can call us anytime at 718-336-5005 to speak with a member of our staff with any questions, concerns, or to schedule a visit. We look forward to working with you!