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can braces cutting the inside of your cheeks and mouth cause oral ulcer?

6 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Yes: The mucosa in the mouth is extremely sensitive and rubbing or cutting from any edge can cause an oral ulcer. Contact your orthodontist.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: You can use orthodontic wax on the braces to reduce the rubbing and irritation.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: Metal braces can be abrasive and rough on tissues inside the mouth... As was suggested wax can help. One of the nice features of invisalign is the comfort of non metal braces.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Yes: Get rid of the irritant and the ulcer will heal immediately. Have your orthodontic specialist smooth the irritating projection, cover the sticker with orthodontic wax, take ibuprofen, rinse with salt water, and dab Benzocaine in orabase or orajel onto the sore spot.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Orthodontics 36 years experience
May contribute: An ulcer is an open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane that fails to heal. Braces can cause irritation or can "cut" the mucosal tissue in the cheek. Perhaps, you are asking if braces can cause a ulcer such as from a cold sore or canker sore. The answer is know, but those viral ulcers could arise in the site where the injury is.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes: Braces can cause mouth ulcers. Used orthodontic wax. Your dentist or a pharmacy can provide you with some.

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Last updated May 8, 2019

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