Orthodontic Wax FAQs

Orthodontic Wax FAQs

If you're looking for something to help make your braces feel a little more comfortable, orthodontic wax may be the answer. Here's more about how to use orthodontic wax, from our Maple Ridge orthodontists.

What is orthodontic wax?

Typically made of natural waxes like beeswax, paraffin wax or carnauba wax, orthodontic wax is a natural product which can help to protect the inside of your mouth from friction caused by your braces' brackets and wires.

How does orthodontic wax work?

Once placed, orthodontic wax covers sharp edges and stabilizes any loose pieces of wire or brackets. Orthodontic wax can help to make your braces feel more comfortable instantly.

Patients often find that they use orthodontic wax more frequently at the beginning of their orthodontic treatment as the soft tissues of the mouth adjust to the presence of braces. It can also be particularly helpful following adjustment appointments. 

How do I apply orthodontic wax?

To place orthodontic wax, begin by washing your hands thoroughly and brushing your teeth. Then, take a small piece of the wax and roll it into a ball. Finally, gently press the wax onto the bracket or wire that is causing you discomfort. The wax should form a small bump over the offending bracket or wire, helping to prevent any further discomfort or irritation. 

Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow? 

Orthodontic wax is both non-toxic and safe to consume. It's actually meant to be swallowed. Gradually as you wear the orthodontic wax the saliva in your mouth will cause it to disappear. 

What does orthodontic wax taste like?

While orthodontic wax is naturally flavourless, some varieties have flavours such as mint or grape added.

Where can I get orthodontic wax?

You can purchase orthodontic wax at most well-stocked pharmacies or various online retailers, but your orthodontist may provide you with some when you are at the office for an appointment.

Will the orthodontic wax be noticeable to others when I talk or smile? 

Orthodontic wax is clear so it's pretty hard to see unless you look closely. Other people aren't likely to notice you're using it.

If you have more questions about orthodontic wax, contact our Maple Ridge orthodontic office today!

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