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If you are experiencing oral pain from sore or cut gums and cheeks because of your metal braces, you can find relief by using orthodontic wax. Our orthodontic team invites you to use orthodontic wax to help you cover the areas of your appliance that might be irritating you, and bring back your smile. Here’s what you need to know:

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.

Orthodontic wax is an effective tool to reduce irritation while wearing braces. It covers the parts of your appliance that might be irritating your smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about orthodontic wax in Olney, Maryland, please call our office today at 301-658-7751 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Dowling. Your time in braces doesn’t have to be painful!