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Do you have sore areas in your mouth because of your braces but you’re not sure how to use your orthodontic wax? If so, our Full Smile Orthodontics 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 Carlsbad, California, 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.

For more tips and details about how to place orthodontic wax, please remember that you can always call our office at 760.804.0080. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Daniel Adams, if you are having issues with your braces. We are happy to help you!