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Braces are great appliances that can help you work toward your perfect dream smile. However, there are times when they can be quite annoying, like when they tear at your lips, cheeks, and gums, causing cuts and sores. At this point, it’s best to use the orthodontic wax your orthodontist, Dr. William K. Farrar, Jr., gave you during your first appointment with braces.

In order to properly place the wax over your braces, our West Cobb Orthodontics orthodontic team encourages you to use the following instructions:

Wash your hands: Thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap. Try to scrub for at least 20 seconds. You don’t want to introduce bacteria to your mouth when you place the wax, especially if you have a cut or sore.

Brush your teeth: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth before you place the wax. This will help you avoid trapping food particles and plaque under the wax. Trapping those substances could promote tooth decay and other dental issues. If anything, it’s best to at least clean the area where you’re planning on applying the wax.

Shape the wax: Take a small piece of wax and roll it into a small ball. You usually only want about a popcorn kernel-size of wax. Roll it into a ball for about five seconds. Your fingers will warm the wax to soften it and make it easier to place.

Place the wax: When you are ready, locate the sore and painful areas of your mouth. Then, place the wax over the bracket or wire that is causing the pain. Use your finger and roll over it a few times. This will make it stick into place. The wax should protrude a little bit, making a small bump.

If you use these instructions to place the orthodontic wax, you’ll be on the right track toward the relief you’re looking for! For more information and details about orthodontic wax in Kennesaw, Georgia, please call our office today at 678.401.4321. Our orthodontic team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!