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What to Do If Your Braces Are Hurting Your Smile

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If you are having trouble with your braces because they’re hurting your lips, cheeks, and gums, take heart. Orthodontic wax is here to help make your braces-wearing more comfortable. Orthodontic wax can cover the troublesome spots of your appliance and give you the relief you’re looking for. To help you properly place the wax, your orthodontist, Dr. Muhammad Abey, encourages you to follow these 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.

Wearing braces doesn’t have to hurt if you know what to do. For more information and details about orthodontic wax in Wayne, New Jersey, please feel free to call Wayne Family Orthodontics at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 973-341-3180 and our orthodontic team will be thrilled to help you!