The wax is constructed of a hydrophobic (or water resistant) substance. As a result, you must adequately prepare your mouth for the application of the wax.
Your orthodontist can teach you how to use orthodontic wax to keep your braces from rubbing. Some general guidelines for applying orthodontic wax are as follows:
• Before touching or applying the wax, properly wash your hands.
• Brush your teeth and remove any food particles from your braces.
• Figure out which bracket is bothering you.
• Orthodontic wax is usually in the form of a stick. You’ll need to pinch off a small piece with your fingers (roughly the size of a pea). Make sure to take a sufficient amount of wax – it should be large enough to cover the bracket and molded above and below it. The wax will not stick if the piece is too small.
• At first, the wax will be hard. Before you apply it, roll it between your fingers to soften it up a bit.
• Flatten the ball of wax slightly, then gently press it against the rubbing or uncomfortable area of your braces.
(A tissue paper or a cotton ball can be used to completely dry the bracket and surrounding area; if there is any moisture, the wax may not stick to the bracket.)