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"You guys are just the best! I got myself into a pickle about an appliance and didn't even know what to ask for. Your staff and I faxed drawings back and forth until we came up with exactly what I wanted. And, oh my gosh, our patients absolutely love what you can do with designs in retainers - they can print out a design on their computer and you find a way to make it appear in their retainer. If we need something rushed you are accommodating - super accurate and dependable!"

- MaryJo from the office of Dr. Robert Ross (Florence, KY)

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How do I take a proper wax bite?

There are several ways to take a wax bite.  We see great results using the following technique.  This instructional sheet may be downloaded in the Resources section of our website.


  1. (Figures 1-2)  Fold a sheet of pink base plate wax into thirds to form a rectangle three layers thick.

  2. (Figures 3-4)  Fold the sides of the smaller rectangle in to form an arch-shaped piece six layers thick at the edges.

  3. Soften the wax in a water bath. 

  4. Lay the wax over the lower arch with the anterior clear of wax to visually align the midline and achieve the desired amount of opening.  Use of a jig is recommended.

  5. Have your patient bite to desired position.

  6. Remove the wax and cool down.

  7. (Figure 5)  Cut buccal wax away through the occlusion line to visually check for bite opening.

  8. (Figure 6)  Reinsert the wax bite to check for proper opening.  

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