For orthodontic patients, the pursuit of straight teeth and an attractive smile often includes gingival inflammation and, in some cases, oral ulcerations and trauma. Despite their clinically proven functionality, metal orthodontic brackets and wires are foreign objects nestled between a patient’s teeth and sensitive oral mucosa. Inflamed gingival tissue is not a rare occurrence; in fact, orthodontic patients, especially new ones, are told to expect oral irritation.
The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that 4 million people in the United States undergo orthodontic treatment annually. That’s a lot of people who may be coping with oral wounds, such as cuts, abrasions, and sores on their lips, cheeks, and gums. The most common remedy for minor orthodontic wound management has been around for generations: “relief wax,” which the patient places between the site of oral inflammation and the orthodontic appliance, and a systemic anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, or a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
What’s more, neither of these remedies actually promotes oral tissue healing. A more effective solution for orthodontic patients experiencing gingival or mucosal pain and irritation would be a wound management product that protects sensitive oral mucosa, relieves oral discomfort, and promotes natural healing.
PeriZone’s PerioPatch is such an oral health product. Specifically, it’s a hydrogel wound dressing that absorbs wound exudates, protects irritated oral mucosa from further abrasion, and relieves localized pain and inflammation without pharmaceutical products.
PerioPatch is an FDA-approved, easy-to-use dental health product that is dispensed exclusively through general practice dentists and dental specialists, such as orthodontists. Orthodontists are invited to participate in a free sampling program that enables licensed dentists to try PerioPatch on patients suffering from oral inflammation, mouth sores, or virtually any other type of oral wound. Practicing licensed dentists, including those who provide orthodontic therapy, can request their free PerioPatch sample courtesy of PeriZone by clicking here.