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Your braces are beneficial appliances that can give you your perfect smile. However, there are times when they can be a little troublesome. This is why your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Hiller, happily provides orthodontic wax when you first get your braces.

Orthodontic wax in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a handy tool that can cover the sections of your appliance that bother your cheeks and gums. However, it’s only helpful if you know how to use it. So, to help you protect your mouth with this wax, we have provided the following instructions:

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.

If you have any questions about orthodontic wax, or if you need additional help, please don’t hesitate to call Hiller Orthodontics at 225-924-7367 and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you are having trouble with your braces. We are happy to help you in any way we can!