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Are you having trouble with your braces because they’re tearing your lips, cheeks, and gums? If so, it’s time to pull out your orthodontic wax!

Orthodontic wax is a beneficial tool to have handy when you have braces. It can cover the troublesome spots of your appliance and give you the relief you’re looking for. To help you properly place the wax, your orthodontist, Dr. Nehi Ogbevoen, encourages you to follow these instructions:

Wash your hands: Make sure to wash your hands before you place the wax. You don’t want to introduce any bacteria to your mouth, especially if you have a cut or sore.

Brush your teeth: Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This will help clean the area so you don’t trap any food particles or plaque under the wax and promote tooth decay and gum disease. This will also help keep the wax cleaner. If anything, remove the food that is stuck in the area where you plan to apply the wax.

Shape the wax: Take a small amount of wax—about the size of the area you’re going to cover—and roll it into a small ball. Roll the wax for at least five seconds. The warmth of your fingers will soften the wax and make it easier to place. Be careful not to use too much wax. Using too much can make the wax fall off.

Place the wax: Locate the sore areas of your mouth. Then, use your thumb and forefinger to press the ball of wax over the bracket or wire. Rub it back and forth a couple times to make it stick into place. The wax should stick out of your braces a little bit, forming a small lump.

If you use these instructions each time you place the wax, you’ll be headed toward the relief you seek! For more information and details about orthodontic wax in Alhambra, California, please feel free to call Beautiful New Smiles at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 626-458-8898 and our orthodontic team will be thrilled to help you!