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The holidays are in full swing and busy, and if your metal braces are irritating your lips, cheeks, and gums, it’s time to pull out your orthodontic wax! Orthodontic wax is your go-to for finding comfort while wearing braces. Of course, you need to know how to use it properly. To help you protect your mouth with orthodontic wax in Burke, Virginia, your dentist, Dr. Michael King, and our team encourage you to 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.

For more information and details about how to best use orthodontic wax, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 703-801-6166 and talk to a member of our Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke team. You can enjoy the holiday festivities in comfort while straightening your smile!