Orthodontic wax is the go-to product to make the transition to wearing braces a more comfortable experience. This guide will give you all the info you need to make the most of your new best friend.
What is orthodontic wax?
Quite simply orthodontic wax is a soft moldable substance which can be applied to your braces in order to create a barrier between your soft tissue in your mouth and the surfaces of your braces.
How do you apply wax
Wax can be applied by hand without any special tools. Get a piece the size of a pea and warm it in your hands to make it soft. Then gently press it onto your braces where the irritation is occurring. Always make sure the area is dry before applying the wax, use a tissue to dry the surface area.
This will stop the soft sensitive parts of your mouth from being further irritated by your braces.
What if I swallow the wax?
The wax is OK to become part of your diet, as it’s non-toxic so if you accidentally swallow some you’ll be ok.
How to eat with orthodontic wax
Ideally you want to avoid eating with wax on your braces because the wax will absorb food.
Orthodontic wax is the go-to product to make the transition to wearing braces a more comfortable experience.
However if you’re feeling uncomfortable it’s ok to use wax and eat at the same time, the wax will dissolve with the extra saliva produced when eating.
Just remember to replace the wax after eating.
Can you use other types of wax?
Orthodontic wax has been specifically designed to be safe to be inside of your mouth or even swallowed. Therefore you should never use any other kind of wax on your braces.
Can you wear orthodontic wax while sleeping?
It’s totally fine to use orthodontic wax overnight, especially if you sleep face down and the braces are more likely to cause irritation to your mouth.
If you swallow some wax while you sleep it’s non-toxic and won’t hurt you.