Orthodontic wax is a product that will help make your braces treatment more comfortable. Here, our Coquitlam orthodontists answers some frequently asked questions about orthodontic wax.
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax is a natural product typically made of natural waxes like beeswax, paraffin wax or carnauba wax. It protects the inside of your mouth (cheeks and gums) from friction caused by your braces.
How does orthodontic wax work?
Orthodontic wax helps make braces feel more comfortable in your mouth. Once placed, it will cover any sharp edges and stabilize any loose pieces of wire or bracket.
You may apply it more frequently at the start of your orthodontic treatment, because your mouth will not be used to the braces yet. You may also apply it more frequently after adjustment appointments.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
Begin by washing your hands thoroughly and brushing your teeth. Next, roll a small piece of wax into a little ball. Gently place the wax onto the bracket or wire that is causing you discomfort, and push it into place. The wax should form a small bump over the offending bracket or wire to prevent any discomfort.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Yes! Orthodontic wax is non-toxic and safe to consume. In fact, it is meant to be swallowed. Over time, saliva in your mouth will cause it to wear away by itself.
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Orthodontic wax is naturally flavourless, but some types have flavours added in such as mint or grape.
Where can I get orthodontic wax?
Your orthodontist will likely provide you with orthodontic wax at their dental office. You can also purchase it at most well-stocked pharmacies or various retailers online.
Will the orthodontic wax be noticeable to others when I talk or smile?
Because it's clear, orthodontic wax is pretty hard to see unless you look closely. Most of the time, other people will not notice you're using it.