I am about to get braces in a month (I am 20) and unlike many, I am not that worried about how bad I look with them.
I am more concerned about the cuts I might get in my mouth...Like small mouth ulcers. I get them anyway sometimes and they hurt quite a bit. So do they occur because of braces and if so, is there any easy way to prevent them?
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I have braces. When I first got them, it took about a month for my mouth to fully adjust to having them there. I never got the little ulcers/canker sores, but my problems were with blisters and irritation from the brackets. Your orthodontist will supply you with wax (it's just soft paraffin wax) that can be pressed onto brackets that are bothering your mouth. The inside of your mouth will eventually develop callouses or just simply adjust to the metal in there, and you won't notice anymore discomfort.
Be sure to try and brush your teeth after every meal (yeah even if you're in public! I do it, lol) and floss like crazy with the special floss, or even better use a water flosser. Cutting down on plaque buildup around the brackets and on your teeth will create a healthy environment for your mouth, and that will keep your cheeks and lips from getting too irritated. Try to also stick to the list of food restrictions that your orthodontist gives you, like no gum or sticky foods for example - that helps tremendously. Some foods can also break your wires or brackets so pay attention to that list. You'll also be going to see the dentist or orthodontist way more often for cleanings and adjustments, so be sure to attend all your appointments.
Good luck :)0