Dental wax (also called orthodontic wax) is a safe, non-toxic wax that coats the brackets of your braces to prevent them from rubbing against the inside of your cheeks and lips. This helps prevent discomfort while you wear your braces.
If you’ve had braces before, you’re likely familiar with orthodontic wax. But if you’ve just recently started wearing braces, our orthodontic team at Parkcrest Dental understands that there is a lot to learn and a lot to get used to.
To help you adjust to the many changes that come with braces, here is a quick guide that answers some commonly asked questions about dental wax and how to use it.
You should apply orthodontic wax when your braces are damaged (sometimes this occurs with a mouth injury or while eating sticky foods) or when they are irritating the inside of your mouth, cheeks, or lips.
Some irritation and discomfort is normal when you have braces, especially early on or after your braces are tightened and using wax can help. However, if your braces are damaged, you should call your orthodontist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Although you can eat and drink while wearing orthodontic wax, it’s not recommended. The wax can get stuck in whatever food you’re eating and will make it taste bad. Food can also get stuck to the wax which will result in bacteria buildup. Additionally, drinking water may dislodge the wax. It’s best to remove the wax before you eat or drink anything and then re-apply it after you’re done.
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Orthodontic wax will come off over time, but you can also remove it with your fingers or with a toothpick. If it gets stuck or is particularly difficult to dislodge from your braces, try using floss to remove it.
Since orthodontic wax is safe and non-toxic, you can apply it as frequently as you need to. You can even leave it on overnight if you feel like it will help reduce any discomfort or injuries to the inside of your mouth while you sleep.
No, you should not reuse dental wax that you have already used in your mouth. Additionally, you shouldn’t leave the same piece of wax in your mouth for longer than two days.
Don’t worry! The wax is non-toxic and edible so it won’t hurt you if you accidentally swallow some of it.
You can get dental wax at any pharmacy, online, or through your orthodontic team. It usually costs $2 to $5.
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