When wearing traditional braces, all those wires inside your mouth can cause you some pain. If wires become loose or undone, they can poke and scratch the inside of your mouth. If your braces are causing you pain and discomfort, try dental wax! Parkcrest Dental Group will explain what dental wax is and how it can relieve your pain.
What Is Dental Wax
Dental wax is a dental product designed to be a barrier to prevent loose wires and brackets from scratching the inside of your mouth. It can prevent irritation of the gums and lessen overall pain caused by your braces. Dental wax is made out of natural wax and comes in small containers you can find at your local pharmacy or orthodontist. It usually costs between $2-$5.
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How Do I Put It On?
The wax will come in long thin strips when you receive it. Pull off a small piece of wax from the strip and roll it into a tiny ball with your fingers. Always try to use small amounts at a time. Using too big of a wax piece may make it fall off.
Locate the painful areas in your mouth with a mirror. After washing your hands, gently press around your cheek and lips for any tender or swollen areas that may be causing you pain.
Once you’ve located the problem areas, press the ball of wax onto the area and press down on it. Rub your finger over it to press it in place and make it stick to your braces.
Finally, just let the wax work its magic. Over time your mouth should start to heal itself once the problem area is covered. Try and replace the wax twice a day to keep your teeth and wax clean. If you accidentally swallow the wax, that’s okay! All dental waxes are edible so they are safe to swallow.
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Problems With Your Braces?
Are your braces giving you a hard time? At Parkcrest Dental Group, we are invested in our community’s health. We believe that oral hygiene is a serious key to living a healthy life. If you or your family are looking for a dental office you can trust, visit Parkcrest Dental Group today. You can call our team directly at 417-887-1220 to set up an appointment.