How to Keep Braces From Rubbing

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Using dental wax can keep you from getting cuts on your lips and tongue.
Using dental wax can keep you from getting cuts on your lips and tongue. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Having a mouth full of metal and wires can be unpleasant, but the joy of having a great smile that lasts a lifetime is worth the few years you have to spend wearing braces. It can take awhile for your mouth to adjust to your new braces. You may experience irritation and small cuts inside your cheeks, on your tongue and inside your lips. Thanks to dental wax, you can avoid some of this discomfort, and once your mouth gets used to your braces, the irritation goes away.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Water
  • Dental wax

Mix two tablespoons of salt with six ounces of warm water.

Rinse your mouth with the warm salt water for 60 seconds and then spit the solution out. Repeat this step until you have used all the salt water. This will provide relief for any pain you may have and help aid in the healing process.

Pinch off a small piece of dental wax.

Roll the dental wax between your fingers to form a ball the size of a pea.

Dry the spot where you're going to put the wax with a tissue or cotton swab, so that it will stick.

Place the ball of wax over the wire or edges of the brace where the irritation is located.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid eating sticky foods, such as taffy or caramel. Foods that are sticky can break the wires on your braces, causing cuts to the inside of your mouth.

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