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If your metal braces bother you from time to time, you are not alone. It is not uncommon for braces to occasionally cause sore and cut lips, gums, and cheeks. Thankfully, you can employ orthodontic wax to reduce this irritation and help you smile again.

Orthodontic wax is a beneficial tool that Dr. Brett Gluck usually gives you at your first appointment in braces. If you put the wax on the troublesome areas of your braces, you’ll experience relief relatively quickly. To help you place the wax, our orthodontic team encourages you to follow these instructions:

Wash your hands: Thoroughly clean 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.

Using your orthodontic wax most effectively by following our guidelines, you will have a more comfortable and successful time in braces. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about orthodontic wax in John’s Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, and Cumming, Georgia, please call Quality Orthodontic Care today at 770-664-6003. We are here to keep you smiling!