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Are you experiencing sore or cut soft tissue in the mouth because of your braces? If so, you are not alone. While this is a common experience, there is help. Using orthodontic wax can make wearing your braces more comfortable. To help you use the product properly and experience the relief you deserve, our Hennes Orthodontics orthodontic team 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.

With orthodontic wax you don’t need to endure irritation to your soft oral tissues. If you would like to learn more, or schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Jerrold Hennes, lease call our office in Vista, California, today at (760) 598.1707  We are here to help you in any way we can!