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How to Apply and Use Dental Wax for Braces

Dental wax can be a useful tool for those with braces, as it can help alleviate discomfort and prevent irritation caused by the brackets and wires. Our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics explain what dental wax is, how to apply dental wax to braces and why it can be beneficial to some people.

What is Dental Wax for Braces?

Dental wax for braces is a soft, malleable material typically made from natural waxes, such as beeswax or carnauba wax, with added ingredients like mint for flavour. It is considered safe for oral use.

The dental wax is applied to the brackets and wires of braces to prevent irritation and sores inside the mouth. It can create a smooth barrier between the metal components and the cheeks, lips, and tongue, providing temporary relief from discomfort caused by friction.

How to Use Dental Wax for Braces

  1. Clean your hands and brush your teeth to prevent any bacterial infection.
  2. Dry your braces by gently patting them dry with a tissue. 
  3. Take a small piece of wax, about the size of a small pea.
  4. Squeeze the wax until it softens, and then roll it into a ball of wax.
  5. Gently push the wax onto the problem area of the braces.

Dental wax can be worn overnight and replaced as needed daily. It is safe to eat and drink with wax, but if food particles become stuck to the wax, it should be removed promptly. Dental wax may naturally come off or you can use your finger or a toothpick to gently dislodge it. Dental floss can also help. It is important to use a fresh piece of dental wax if you are reapplying. 

Who Would Benefit From Using Dental Wax?

People who are experiencing discomfort or irritation from their braces' brackets or wires may consider using dental wax.

It can also be helpful to use dental wax when participating in activities that may increase the risk of injury to the mouth, such as contact sports. This is because dental wax creates a protective barrier between the braces and the soft tissues in the mouth, reducing the likelihood of cuts, if you do indeed suffer a hit in the mouth. As well as contact sports, dental wax can be used when playing a musical instrument such as the saxophone or trumpet. 

Is Dental Wax an Important Part of my Treatment?

This depends entirely on the individual. Some people may find dental wax helpful in protecting their mouth from irritation caused by braces or other dental appliances. Others may not feel the need to use it at all. Ultimately, dental wax is a temporary solution. It is best to consult with your orthodontist to determine if dental wax would be beneficial for you.

Your oral health and comfort are important, so don't hesitate to use dental wax if your braces are bothering you. You can also contact one of our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for managing any discomfort during your orthodontic treatment. We have seven locations across Southern Ontario to better serve you.

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