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Braces are very beneficial appliances that can give you your dream smile. However, they can also be a pain at times—literally. They can tear away at your lips, cheeks, and gums, creating cuts and sores. When this happens, it’s time to take advantage of your orthodontic wax!

Orthodontic wax is a handy tool that can cover the areas of your braces that are bothering you. To help you properly use this helpful product, your orthodontist, Dr. Gary Lee Breece, encourages you to use these instructions when placing the wax over your smile:

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.

Your orthodontic wax in Enid, Oklahoma, will give you the relief you’re looking for if you use these instructions. For more tips and details about how to make life with braces easier, please call Gary Lee Breece DDS MS today at 580-233-2557. We look forward to helping you in any way we can.