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If you find your mouth irritated at times while aligning your smile with braces, we have some good news for you. Orthodontic wax is an effective tool you can use to cover sharp areas of your metal wires and brackets to provide relief from oral irritation. Of course, that’s only if true if you use it correctly. Our Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics orthodontic team is pleased to share with you how to use orthodontic wax more effectively by following these steps:


We encourage you to wash your hands before you place the wax in your mouth. This is to avoid introducing bacteria to your mouth, especially if you have a cut or sore on your lips, cheeks, or gums. Next, you want to clean your teeth. This is important because brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste will clean the area to avoid trapping food particles or plaque under the wax. Skipping this step may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. This will also help you keep the wax cleaner. Be sure to remove the food that is stuck in the area where you plan to apply the wax.

Shaping the Wax:

Once you have the area prepared, you can take a small amount of wax (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 so that the warmth of your fingers will soften the wax and make it easier to place. Please note that using too much wax may cause the wax to fall off of the area you are trying to protect.

Positioning the Wax:

Find the sore areas of your mouth and use your thumb and forefinger to press the ball of wax over the bracket or wire. Gently rub it back and forth a couple times to make it stick into place. You will want the wax to stick out of your braces a tiny bit, forming a small lump.

And voila! Your mouth is now protected against further irritation. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 718-278-2441. You can also schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter if you are having problems with your braces. Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics is here to help patients in the Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Middle Village, New York areas, to have the best orthodontic experience possible!