If the brackets and wires from your braces are irritating the inside of your mouth, orthodontic wax could help to relieve pain and prevent further irritation. Our Langley orthodontist explains what orthodontic wax is and how to use it.
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax is a soothing dental product that can be used to help instantly ease the pain caused by your braces rubbing against the soft tissues of your mouth.
How does orthodontic wax work?
By simply placing a small ball of orthodontic wax where you need it, the soft smooth wax covers sharp edges and stabilizes any loose pieces of your braces that cause irritation. Orthodontic wax can help to make your braces instantly feel more comfortable by forming a protective barrier between the soft tissues of your mouth and the individual parts of your braces.
Orthodontic wax gives patients a simple and convenient way to make their orthodontic treatment more comfortable. Patients who are new to wearing braces often find that orthodontic wax is helpful while the soft tissues of their mouth adjust to the presence of the wires and brackets. Other patients use orthodontic wax to relieve discomfort following adjustments.
How do I use orthodontic wax?
It's easy to use orthodontic wax! Simply wash your hands then roll a small piece of wax into a ball and gently press it onto the bracket or wire that is causing you pain. Once the wax has been positioned correctly it should form a small bump over the offending bracket or wire, preventing it from causing further irritation.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Yes. Orthodontic wax is a non-toxic, natural product made from natural waxes such as paraffin, carnauba, or beeswax and is actually made to be consumed. Over time your saliva gradually causes the ball of orthodontic wax to melt away.
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Orthodontic wax is available in both unflavoured and flavoured varieties. The natural form of orthodontic wax is flavourless, but some brands add flavours such as grape or mint to make the wax more pleasant for patients who dislike the natural variety.
Where can I get orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax available in the toothpaste isle of most pharmacies, but your orthodontist may provide you with some when you visit the office for your adjustment appointments. If your mouth is sore from irritating brackets and wires, speak to your dentist about whether orthodontic wax could help to soothe your mouth pain.