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Is your smile often sore while you are straightening your teeth with braces? If so, Orthodontic wax can come to the rescue. Orthodontic wax is perfect for covering sharp areas of your appliance and providing relief from oral irritation. Of course, that’s only the case if you know how to use it. Today, our Skyline Orthodontics orthodontic team in Elkhorn, Nebraska, is happy to share with you how to use orthodontic wax  by following these four tips:

#1 First, you want to wash your hands before you place the wax in your mouth. This is so that you don’t introduce any bacteria to your mouth, especially if you have a cut or sore on your lips, cheeks, or gums.

#2 Next, you want to clean your teeth. Brushing your pearly whites with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste will clean the area to avoid trapping food particles or plaque under the wax. Skipping this step could invite tooth decay and gum disease. This will also help you keep the wax cleaner. Be sure to remove the food that is stuck in the area where you plan to apply the wax.

#3 Now you will want to take a small amount of wax (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 so that the warmth of your fingers will soften the wax and make it easier to place. Using too much wax may cause the wax to fall off.

#4 Finally, you will want to position the wax. Find the sore areas of your mouth and 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. You want the wax to stick out of your braces a little bit, forming a small lump.

And there you have it! If you want more information or if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 402.289.3232. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Laura Rothe, if you are having any problems with your braces. Skyline Orthodontics is here to help you have the best orthodontic experience possible!