Posted .

If you are currently wearing braces and find yourself susceptible to sore areas in your mouth, you are not alone. Thankfully, you can use orthodontic wax to help your smile feel better during your time in braces. Our Orthodontics by Dr. Burson orthodontic team is more than happy to help you!

Your orthodontic wax is a handy tool that can cover the sharp areas of your appliance and provide relief. However, that’s only the case if you know how to use it. So, to help you take full advantage of orthodontic wax in Texarkana, Texas, we have provided the following 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 have any questions or would like to speak to a member of our team, please call our office at 903-949-6504 anytime. You can also schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Stacee Burson, if you are having issues with your braces. We wish your time in braces to be happy and fulfilling!