Orthodontic wax will quite literally make your braces treatment go more smoothly! Here are the answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions about orthodontic wax.
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax is a natural wax that protects the gums and the inside of your mouth from your braces. When you put it on your braces, it acts as 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, for instance paraffin wax, beeswax or carnauba wax. It usually contains some fillers and modifiers as well. Some types are also flavoured.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Yes, orthodontic wax is non-toxic and safe for consumption. That means if you accidentally swallow it, you’ll be fine. All the same, we wouldn't recommend having it for a snack...
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Most orthodontic wax is flavourless, but some brands add flavours, the most common being mint.
How often should I apply orthodontic wax?
As often as necessary to keep you comfortable. When your braces are first applied, you may find you want to apply it more often, since your mouth won’t be used to having all those new bits of metal in there. The wax gives sores and cuts from your braces a chance to heal, and prevents fresh ones from forming. After a while the skin in your mouth will adjust to the braces and you probably won’t need to apply wax as often.
Where can I buy orthodontic wax?
Your orthodontist will provide you with some orthodontic wax when you first get your braces, as part of an orthodontic care kit. You can purchase new wax when you need it at your local pharmacy, in the oral care section.
Will the orthodontic wax be really noticeable when it’s on my braces?
Orthodontic wax is clear, and so it is very hard to see when it's on your braces.
What are the alternatives to orthodontic wax?
Some people use strips of dental silicone, or plastic lip guards that fit over the braces.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Brush your teeth to make sure the area where you’re applying the wax is clean.
- Roll a small piece of wax (just enough to cover the wire or bracket) into a ball. This will make it more malleable and easier to apply.
- Gently press the wax onto the bracket or wire that's bothering you.
- Massage the wax into place. It will form a small bump over the bracket or wire, preventing further friction.
How do I remove orthodontic wax?
There are a few tools you can use to remove orthodontic wax that you’ve already applied. You can try a toothpick, a proxy brush (interdens stick) or even regular dental floss.
If you leave it be, the wax will simply wear or flake off over time, so this may not be an issue for you.