If the inside of your mouth is feeling a little tender since you got your new braces, Orthodontic Wax may help to relieve pain and prevent further irritation. Our Coquitlam orthodontists explain what orthodontic wax is and how to use it.
Orthodontic wax is a dental product typically made from natural waxes such as paraffin wax, carnauba wax, or beeswax. It can be used to help to protect the sensitive soft tissues inside of your mouth from the friction and irritation caused by your braces' wires and brackets.
How It Works
To help relieve the discomfort caused by rubbing brackets and wires, carefully place a small amount of orthodontic wax where you need it. The soft smooth wax covers sharp edges and stabilizes any loose pieces of your braces that can cause irritation. Orthodontic wax can help to make your braces feel more comfortable instantly by forming a protective barrier between your mouth and the individual parts of your braces.
Many patients find orthodontic wax helpful when they first begin their orthodontic treatment, while the soft tissues of their mouth get used to the presence of the braces. Other patients find that orthodontic wax helps to relieve discomfort following their adjustment appointments.
Orthodontic wax offers patients a discrete and instant way to help make their braces treatment more comfortable.
How To Apply Orthodontic Wax
It's easy to place orthodontic wax. Simply wash your hands then take a small piece of the wax, roll it into a ball, and gently press it onto the troublesome bracket or wire that is irritating your mouth. If the wax has been positioned correctly it should form a small bump over the offending bracket or wire, preventing it from causing further irritation or discomfort.
Orthodontic wax is natural, non-toxic and safe to consume. While you wear the orthodontic wax, your saliva will cause it to gradually melt away.
Flavoured or Unflavoured
Orthodontic wax comes in both unflavoured and flavoured varieties. Natural orthodontic wax is flavourless, but some brands add flavours such as grape or mint to make the wax more pleasant for some patients.
Where To Buy Orthodontic Wax
Orthodontic wax available in the toothpaste isle of most pharmacies, but your orthodontist may provide you with wax when you visit the office for your adjustment appointments.