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Easing Braces Discomfort: How to Use Braces Wax Effectively

Picture this. You’ve just got your new braces fitted, and you’re feeling a mix of excitement and discomfort. There is an odd sensation in your mouth – metal against the soft tissues or wires poking from your braces. You’re probably asking yourself if this is something you will have to endure indefinitely. That’s where brace wax comes into play, silently saving the day for all brace-wearers out there. In this article, we will discover how to use braces wax effectively to ease any discomfort you may experience while wearing braces and everything you need to know about wax for braces. 

Are you ready? Let’s dive in.

Key Takeaway: 

Braces wax is an essential tool for anyone with braces. It’s made from natural waxes and works by creating a barrier between your mouth tissues and the metal parts of your braces, preventing irritation. And remember: Apply it on dry brackets, avoid swallowing, and consult your dentist if discomfort persists despite regular application.

What Is Braces Wax?

Braces wax, also known as dental wax or Orthodontic wax, is a soft material naturally made from natural waxes that is specifically designed for orthodontic use. It is used to protect your mouth from the metal parts of braces.

This special type of dental wax, while simple in nature, serves an important purpose. When you first get braces or after they have been adjusted, it’s normal for some discomfort to occur. The brackets and wires can rub against your cheeks and gums, causing irritation.

This is where braces wax comes in – by applying a small amount over the sharp or protruding part of your brace; it acts as a barrier between the metal and your mouth. This reduces friction and gives sore spots a chance to heal.

Braces wax is translucent or tooth-coloured, making it discreet when applied to your braces.

What Is Braces Wax Made Of?

Brace wax is typically composed of natural waxes like beeswax or synthetic, including paraffin wax and microcrystalline wax. Some brands may also include additional components such as carnauba wax or silicone compounds to enhance their properties.

This type of dental product comes in various flavours ranging from mint, orange, and bubblegum to unflavoured options for those who prefer something more neutral. 

Safety Aspects: Are They Safe to Use?

You might be wondering about its safety since it stays in your mouth for extended periods. Brace waxes have been designed with your oral health in mind. All ingredients used are generally considered safe for oral use because they are tasteless, odourless, and easy on sensitive mouths. This means they pose no harm if swallowed accidentally during application or while eating or drinking.

  “The comfort provided by braces wax can significantly improve your experience with orthodontic treatment.”

There’s no need to worry here, either! Dentists worldwide recommend using orthodontic wax due to its proven safety record. But remember, not all products suit everyone, so try different brands until you find one that’s comfortable for you. Best of all, always follow your dentist’s instructions on which type of brand to use and the guide on how to use braces wax, which will be tackled later.

How Dental Wax Works

The magic lies in its simplicity! Dental wax functions like a shield for your mouth when you’re wearing braces. Imagine it as the superhero of oral care, always ready to protect and serve.

This nifty substance creates a barrier between your braces and the soft tissues in your mouth. When braces – sharp metal edges or protruding wires on your braces – rub against the inner cheeks, lips, or tongue, they can cause irritation and sores. Applying wax to the brackets or wires causing discomfort can create a smooth surface that reduces friction and prevents further irritation. 

A Straightforward Process – How to Use Braces Wax

If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces at Casa Dental or consider it an option for improving your smile, then understanding the use of brace wax can be beneficial. 

Applying dental wax to braces may seem intimidating at first, but with some practice, it will become natural. Let’s go through the process, one step at a time.

1. Clean and Dry.

Before applying wax, make sure your braces and the surrounding area are clean and dry; this will enable the wax to adhere more effectively. Use a toothbrush, interdental brush, or other interdental cleaning device to remove any food stuck or debris.  

2. Pinch a Small Piece.

Take a small piece of wax, roughly the size of a small pea. It’s better to start with a smaller amount and add more if needed.

3. Roll into a Ball.

To prepare the wax for application, roll a small piece into a ball shape between your fingers to warm it up, but ensure it is at room temperature as braces wax is solid at this level. This makes it easier to handle and apply to the brace wire, causing discomfort.

4. Locate Painful Areas.

Identify the bracket, wire, or area of your braces that is causing the discomfort or irritation.

5. Apply and Shape the Wax.

Gently push or press the ball of wax onto the problematic area on your bracket or wire until it sticks firmly in place. Use your fingers to shape so dental wax remains smooth, ensuring it covers the entire area and forms a protective layer. Ensure the wax does not interfere with your bite and adheres securely. This should give instant relief from any poking or rubbing against gums or cheeks.

When to Apply Wax on Braces?

Putting dental wax helps alleviate discomfort during the early stages when your mouth is still adjusting to the new appliance. But how do you know when it’s time to apply wax on your braces? Before moving on to the last step/process, let’s talk about first some common situations where applying wax can be beneficial:

  • Newly fitted braces: After getting a fresh set of braces at any dental clinic, you might experience some irritation in your cheeks or lips as they rub against the rough surfaces of brackets and wires. This is a perfect time to use orthodontic wax.
  • Tightening sessions: Every visit for adjustment or tightening may leave your teeth feeling sore and sensitive. Applying wax can provide relief from this temporary discomfort.
  • Bracket or wire protrusion: If a bracket or wire is poking or rubbing against the inside of your mouth, causing sore spots or ulcers, applying wax can provide relief.
  • Wire irritation: Sometimes, a wire can shift or bend, causing it to poke or irritate the surrounding tissues. Wax can be applied to the wire to create a smooth surface and prevent further discomfort.

6. Repeat if Necessary.

If you experience braces discomfort in multiple areas, repeat the process for each specific spot.

  Important points to remember…

Remember that each person may need different amounts of dental wax depending on their personal comfort level.

Note that after applying braces’ dental wax, avoid hot drinks as they could melt away your hard work.

Lastly – don’t be afraid. Everyone wearing braces had once been newbies too.  

Oral Care: The Do’s & Don’ts of Dental Wax

Using dental wax effectively can be a game-changer for your braces journey. It is of paramount importance to get the fundamentals correct. Let’s dive into some do’s and don’ts.

Do’s:

  1.  As part of the process, always clean your mouth before applying orthodontic wax. This helps in preventing infections and keeps your oral health on point.
  2.  Do apply wax as needed whenever you experience pain or uncomfortable feeling. Put it on dry brackets for better adhesion.
  3.  Replace the wax regularly. To keep things fresh and hygienic, swap out your old wax for new every day or whenever you feel discomfort again.
  4.  Keep extra wax with you at all times, especially when you’re away from home.
  5.  Remove the orthodontic wax before eating or brushing your teeth, and replace it afterwards.
  6.  Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.

Don’ts:

  1.  Don’t reuse small pieces of wax once you remove them. Instead, use a fresh piece every time.
  2.  Use less wax – using too much can make the situation messier, so stick with a small piece that just covers the problem area.
  3.  Don’t leave wax on your braces for an extended period, as it may collect bacteria or become less effective.
  4.  Avoid swallowing it – though non-toxic, large amounts aren’t good for digestion.
  5.  Don’t use chewing gum or other sticky substances as a substitute for braces wax.
  6.  Pay attention to persistent discomfort. If pain persists even after regular use of dental wax, don’t ignore it. It might be an indication of something more serious needing professional help from your dentist.
  7.  Foods to avoid when wearing wax for braces—while braces wax plays an essential role in making your orthodontic journey smoother, there are certain foods that you should avoid consuming while wearing this protective layer on your braces. Here’s a list of some key items:
  • Sugary Foods: Consuming too much sugar can lead to plaque build-up around the brackets and wax of your braces, which may cause decay over time.
  • Citrus Fruits: These fruits have high acid content that could potentially dissolve the wax covering on your braces.
  • Hard/Crunchy Foods: Eating hard food like nuts or apples might dislodge the wax applied to the brace bracket.

Do note that these simple tips will not only give you relief but also ensure that wearing braces remains a hassle-free experience.

Alternatives to Braces Wax

While brace waxes are generally effective at relieving oral discomfort associated with wearing braces, they may not be suitable for everyone due to their texture or application process. Here are some alternatives:

  • Orthodontic Silicone: It’s similar to dental wax but is often clear and more resistant to breaking down from saliva.
  • Dental Gel: This product can be applied directly to the sore area in your mouth, providing immediate relief.
  • Lip Protector: This plastic guard fits around your braces, protecting your lips from getting cut or irritated.

In Summary

So, you’ve embarked on a journey of how to use braces wax effectively. The goal was simple – easing the discomfort and making your smile more comfortable.

We have learned what this magical substance is made from, how this dental wonder works, debunked any health concerns related to its usage, learned the proper application method – how to use braces wax correctly and place it right where needed, and those dos & don’ts.

If traditional brace wax isn’t your option, no worries! There are plenty of alternatives like silicone-based products and dental gels at hand.

You’re now fully equipped with all you need using braces wax efficiently. Go forth with confidence into a winning braces experience and a future free of brace-related discomfort!   

Braces Wax FAQs

How long does braces wax last?

The duration varies, but brace wax is generally meant for temporary relief. You may need to reapply it as it wears off or if it gets dislodged during eating or brushing.

Can I eat with braces wax on?

It is recommended to remove the wax before eating. Wax is not designed to withstand the forces involved in chewing.

Can I use regular wax instead of braces wax?

Using regular household wax as a substitute for orthodontic wax is not advisable. Braces wax is specifically formulated to be safe for oral use.

Where can I buy braces wax?

Braces wax is often available at pharmacies and dental clinics or can be purchased online. Your dentist may provide you with this dental tool when you get your braces.

Can dental wax be used for any type of braces?

Yes, braces wax is generally compatible with all types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners. In this post, we also provide the step-by-step process on how to use braces wax.

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