Wow, time is flying by.Â Itâ€™s already May!Â
Thereâ€™s not a whole lot of change today from yesterday. Iâ€™m still wearing wax on every bracket when I go to bed.Â This just gives my tongue time to relax during the night.Â Iâ€™ll probably be able to stop that soon, but Iâ€™m a bit apprehensive to do so as I am enjoying that my tongueâ€™s healing and I donâ€™t want to make it sore again.
Wax Application Tips
Here are some of the things I noticed about wax that I thought may be useful for others.Â Please use wax as directed by your doctor, though.
1) Type â€“ choose the best wax that works for you.Â At night, I use a less expensive traditional wax (available at pharmacies) as I need a lot more.Â During the day, I use a two-part wax that can be used more precisely on areas where I really need it (this wax hardens faster, so use it quickly-I got it from my orthodontist).
2) Amount â€“ just take a pinch of wax at a time as itâ€™s much easier to work with.
3)Â Temperature â€“ warm the wax by rubbing it between your thumb and index finger; this makes it more malleable and mixes the two-part wax as well.
4) Coverage â€“ ensure the entire bracket is covered by starting at the top where the bracket meets your tooth and squishing it down and around the bracket.
5) Smooth â€“ when youâ€™re done, run your tongue over the waxy surface and see if any metalâ€™s exposed.Â Repeat steps two to four if necessary.Â Â
I have noticed a few things that really help my speech more, so if you have these braces, give them a try:
Iâ€™m naturally a fast talker, and Iâ€™ve noticed that if I slow down (kind of painfully slow for me), I speak much more clearly than if I speak at my normal tempo.Â My tongueâ€™s starting to heal, so itâ€™s getting easier to make some of the sounds that I found difficult a few days ago.
I definitely speak better (more clearly) in the morning than at the end of the day.Â I think my tongue just gets tired.
Oh, and one more great thing, is I had pizza at the movie theatre tonight.Â I couldnâ€™t bite into the slice as my front teeth are still tender, but I ripped it up into bite-sized pieces and stuck it on my back teeth (molars), and was able to chew it.Â It still hurts a bit to flip the food in my mouth, but itâ€™s soooo much better.