Is the inside of your mouth feeling a little tender since you got your new braces? Orthodontic wax may help to prevent irritation caused by poking wires and brackets. Here, our Vancouver orthodontist explains what orthodontic wax is and how to use it.
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax is a natural product typically made of waxes such as beeswax, paraffin wax or carnauba wax. It can be used to help to protect the inside of your mouth from friction caused by your braces' brackets and wires.
How does orthodontic wax work?
By carefully placing a small amount of orthodontic wax where you need it, the wax covers sharp edges and stabilizes any loose pieces of your braces. The best thing about orthodontic wax is that it can help to make your braces feel more comfortable instantly.
Our patients tell us that they use orthodontic wax most at the beginning of their orthodontic treatment, as the soft tissues of the mouth get used to the presence of the braces. You may also find that orthodontic wax is helpful following your adjustment appointments.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
Placing orthodontic wax is easy. After washing your hands, take a small piece of the wax and roll it into a ball. Then gently press the wax onto the bracket or wire that is irritating your mouth. If you have placed the wax correctly it should form a small bump over the offending bracket or wire, preventing any further discomfort or irritation.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
In fact, orthodontic wax is meant to be swallowed. This natural wax is non-toxic and safe to consume. As you wear the orthodontic wax your saliva will cause it to gradually melt away.
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Natural orthodontic wax is flavourless, but you can find flavoured waxes if you prefer. Some varieties have flavours such as grape or mint.
Where can I get orthodontic wax?
Most pharmacies stock orthodontic wax in the toothpaste isle. That said, your orthodontist may provide you with orthodontic wax when you visit the office for your appointments.
Will the orthodontic wax be noticeable to others when I talk or smile?
Chances are that no one will notice that you're using orthodontic wax. The wax is clear so it's pretty hard to see unless you look closely.