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Have you not quite gotten the hang of orthodontic wax? If so, our Payson Orthodontics orthodontic team has some tips that can help you! Orthodontic wax is a handy tool that can give you the relief you need, but it’s not very helpful if you’re not sure how to use it. So, to help you properly cover your braces with orthodontic wax in Payson, Arizona, we encourage you to do these things:

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 have any questions about how to use orthodontic wax, or if you would like more tips and tricks about braces, please feel free to call our office today at 928-472-7223 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Ben McDowell. The sooner you call our office the sooner we’ll be able to give you the information you need to succeed!