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Your orthodontic wax is a handy tool—but only if you know how to properly use it. It might seem self-explanatory, but some people aren’t sure how to take advantage of this beneficial product. If you are one of these people, our A Brighter Smile Dental Care orthodontic team is happy to help you! When placing your orthodontic wax, please follow these instructions:

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 follow these instructions, you’ll be using your wax correctly! If you would like to know more about orthodontic wax in Shreveport, Louisiana, then please call our office at (318) 688-9330. Your orthodontist, Dr. Michael R. Wiesner, and our team are more than happy to give you the information you need!