While your braces will ultimately lead to straighter teeth and a healthier mouth, expect to experience some discomforts and other side effects after getting the dental appliance installed. In most cases, these negative effects are mild and include jaw pain, irritation, and difficulty eating. One of the more common concerns is whether you can get canker sores from braces. The short answer is yes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prevent canker sores from becoming a significant issue.
In this article, we’ll cover why you may experience a canker sore after getting braces, what that may feel like, and how the Luminance RED device can help treat the sore quickly and effectively.
Why You Can Get Canker Sores from Braces
The soft tissue inside your mouth is sensitive, and the introduction of braces can irritate the tissue as your mouth gets used to the new appliance. Because braces often rub up against the inside of your mouth, they can cause small lesions commonly known as canker sores.
Canker sores most often resemble small white spots on your mouth and gums. They are not contagious, and when left untreated, can take up to two weeks to heal. During this time, expect mild to severe discomfort while eating, brushing your teeth, or swallowing. Your braces may continue to agitate the affected area until the sores heal.
Stress, acidic foods, aggressive toothbrushing, and cuts to the inside of your mouth are known factors that contribute to or exacerbate canker sores. To prevent future sores, avoid these common triggers and consider a toothbrush with softer bristles, rinsing your mouth with saltwater, and using a toothpaste free of sodium lauryl sulfate.
If you’re already experiencing canker sores from your braces or otherwise, there is a cutting-edge treatment option available to naturally and quickly heal the uncomfortable lesions.
Use the Luminance RED to Quickly Treat Your Canker Sores
The Luminance RED is a new device that uses LED-Low Level Laser Therapy to naturally boost the energy your immune cells need to quickly heal canker and cold sores. Through twice-daily, 60-second treatments, the FDA-cleared device can cut healing times by roughly half. Even better, the Luminance RED can be used throughout the entire time you need your braces.