Make your orthodontic treatment go more smoothly with orthodontic wax! 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 made specifically to protect the gums and the inside of your mouth from your braces. You put it on your braces to create a barrier that prevents them from creating friction against the inside of your mouth.
What is orthodontic wax made of?
Orthodontic wax is made from natural waxes (usually paraffin wax, beeswax or carnauba wax), and usually contains some fillers and modifiers as well. Some types are also flavoured.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Yes, orthodontic wax is completely non-toxic and safe to swallow. In fact, it is designed to eventually disintegrate in your mouth, so you will be swallowing it. However, we wouldn't recommend having it for a snack...
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Orthodontic wax is naturally flavourless, but some brands add flavours. The most common is mint.
How often should I apply orthodontic wax?
You can apply orthodontic wax as often as you need to. When your braces are first applied, you'll probably apply it more often, since your mouth won’t be used to having all those new bits of metal in there.
The wax creates a barrier that gives sores and cuts from your braces a chance to heal, and prevents fresh ones from forming. After the inside of your mouth has adjusted to the braces, 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. Once you run out, you can purchase new wax 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 just about transparent, and so it not at all obvious when it's on your braces.
What are the alternatives to orthodontic wax?
Strips of dental silicone can be used instead of orthodontic wax, or plastic lip guards that fit over the braces.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Brush your teeth.
- Roll a small piece of wax (just enough to cover the wire or bracket) into a ball.
- Gently press the ball of wax onto the bracket or wire.
- 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?
You can try a toothpick, a proxy brush (interdens stick) or even regular dental floss to remove orthodontic wax that you’ve already applied..
If you leave it be, the wax will simply wear or flake off over time, so this may not be an issue for you.