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A 31-year-old member asked:

what do the experts think, should my braces ever stop cutting the inside of my mouth?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, having bands and wires in the mouth can very commonly cause this complaint. Often, the orthodontist can simply remove a tiny piece of wire that is causing the problem. Sometimes, the brackets can be smoothed as well. Finally, you may wish to try using dental wax. Your orthodontist can provide you with this. It will help prevent cutting your gums as well. Finally, stay hydrated.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Yes: In the meantime: 1. Ask your orthodontic specialist to check your braces to make sure there are no annoying "stickers" that he/she can reshape for you. 2. Take 1 200mg ibuprofen/advil/motrin with food or lots of liquid 4x/day. 3. Rinse 3x/day with 1 tsp salt in 8oz warm water. Do not swallow. 4. Apply orthodontic wax to "sticker." 5. With q-tip dab orabase-b onto sore spot.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it common for braces to cause ridges to form in your mouth?

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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 35 years experience
Possibly: If you mean "ridges" on the cheeks and lip tissues, then yes...The brackets can rub against tissues and cause irritation...Try using beeswax to smooth the edges.
A member asked:

Hi where can I find a good mouth piece for for braces? Black preferred legit websites

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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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A : A good mouth piece (mouth guard?) needs to fit securely around each and every tooth. That type of fit would not allow tooth movement so it can't be used with braces. Your orthodontist can fit you with a mouthgaurd that is designed to be used with braces. It won't protect your teeth as well as the standard type. The good news is that the archwire that connects all your braces together adds a great deal of protection to your teeth.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Braces- weird clicking/cracking sound whenever i open and close my mouth, help?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Where?: If from jaw joint may be tmj, inform your orthodontic specialist. If from your mouth you have a loose or broken brace, inform your orthodontic specialist.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I want to know what do braces feel like in your mouth?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Weird: That's what my patients tell me. They take a few days (kids) to weeks (adults) to get used to, but the annoyance will go away. At first it's like having a headache in your mouth. No one has ever did from braces.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How to stop the braces brackets from cutting the sides of your mouth?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Do all of this: Put Orthodontic Wax onto the "stickers." Dab Orabase-B onto sore spots w Q-Tip. Bring down swelling by taking 1 200mg Advil (ibuprofen) 4x/day w food or liquids. Rinse 4x/day w 1tsp salt in 8oz warm water to toughen your tissues. Eat a soft high-protein diet. Ask your Orthodontic Specialist for help.

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