Orthodontic wax will make your braces treatment go more smoothly – literally! Read on for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about orthodontic wax.
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax is a natural wax that is used to protect the gums and the lining of your lips and cheeks from your braces. When you apply it to your braces, it creates a barrier that keeps your braces from creating friction against the inside of your mouth.
What is orthodontic wax made of?
Orthodontic wax is made from natural waxes like paraffin wax, beeswax or carnauba wax. It typically also contains fillers and modifiers. Certain types are also flavoured.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Yes! Orthodontic wax is completely non-toxic and safe for consumption. That means if you swallow it inadvertently, you’ll be just fine. Still, we wouldn't recommend having it for a snack...
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Orthodontic wax is usually completely flavourless, but some brands can come in flavours as well, most commonly mint.
How often do I need to apply orthodontic wax?
As often as you need it. It will usually depend on where you are in your treatment process. When your braces are first applied, you may find you need to apply it more often, since your mouth won’t yet be accustomed to having all those new bits of metal in there. The wax gives sores and cuts the chance to heal, and prevents fresh ones from forming too. After a time the skin in your mouth will adjust to the braces and you probably won’t need to apply wax as frequently.
Where can I buy orthodontic wax?
Your orthodontist will give you some orthodontic wax when you first have your braces applied, as part of an orthodontic care kit. To replenish your supply, just pay a visit to your local pharmacy, and find it in the oral care section.
Will the orthodontic wax be really noticeable when it’s on my braces?
Not really. Orthodontic wax is clear, and so it is virtually invisible to the naked eye.
What are the alternatives to orthodontic wax?
Some people prefer to use dental silicone, which is available in strips. You can also get plastic lip guards that fit over your braces.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
- Wash your hands.
- Brush your teeth to make sure the area where you’re applying the wax is clean.
- Take a small piece of wax (just enough to cover the wire or bracket) and roll it into a ball. This will make it more malleable and easier to apply.
- Gently press the wax onto the bracket or wire.
- Rub the wax into place. It should form a small bump overtop of the bracket or wire, preventing further friction.
How do I remove orthodontic wax?
To remove orthodontic wax that you’ve applied, there are a few tools you can use. You can try a toothpick, a proxy brush (interdens stick) or even plain old dental floss.
If you leave it be, the wax will simply wears away or flake off over time, so this may not be an issue for you.