How to use wax for your braces

How to use wax for braces

Once your braces are applied, there are a number of ways to make wearing them easier. Should your braces experience damage, such as a loose bracket or wire, wax can act as a temporary solution. 

Patients are given a box of wax to help alleviate any discomfort experienced when wearing braces. Simply take a small piece of wax (no bigger than a pea) and press the wax into the painful areas. The wax acts as a guard to the affected area and will help stop and contact between the braces and gums. 

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However, wax is not a permanent solution to this problem. In the event of your braces experiencing damage or if they are causing you discomfort, please call or visit our clinic as soon as possible. Leaving your braces damaged could result in improper straightening and added discomfort.

What is wax for braces?

Dental wax is used to help calm and nullify parts of the brace that are rubbing or have become damaged and are therefore causing discomfort. Wax is often applied to protruding brackets, wires and other areas where rubbing with the gumline occurs. Wax is commonly used during the beginning stages of braces, as your mouth and teeth adjust to their new housing. The wax helps to calm and numb any pain experienced until you visit your orthodontist.

What is the wax made from?

To help with the taste and texture, wax is usually made from beeswax or paraffin. There is absolutely no harm in accidentally eating the wax. Some waxes are flavoured but standard wax is not.

how to use wax for your braces

Can you eat and drink with wax on?

While there is no harm ingesting the wax, we do not advise eating while the wax is applied. Eating is likely to remove the presence of the wax, meaning you will have to reapply it. You can try drinking but be sure to avoid contact with the wax when consuming.

Can you go to sleep with wax on your braces?

Yes, in fact, it is advised that if you are experiencing any discomfort associated with your braces, applying wax can help numb the pain. Additionally, you have no control over what you do in your sleep, so if you were to roll onto your face without wax protection, you may wake up with a sore mouth. Again, you do not have to worry about digesting the wax during your sleep.

Waxing for different braces

Wax can be used for all braces, including Invisalign. However, because Invisalign are a set of plastic aligners, the wax will not be used for the same reason as metal braces (loose wires and brackets etc). Instead, the wax can be used to nullify any pain caused by the aligners coming into contact with your gum line; specifically the tops of the aligners.

how to use wax for your braces

What is the best wax for braces?

Waxes come in varying textures and flavours, but all serve to help alleviate discomfort and pain. Choosing a wax is subjective to the patient, there are a number of reputable brands to choose from, all of which can be bought over the counter.

Caring for braces and dental wax

Brushing and flossing as normal can be performed even when the wax is present. You do not need to remove the wax before brushing or flossing, it will simply clean away during the brushing and flossing process. 

If you want to brush and floss without removing the wax, this can also be done, just take care to not remove the wax during the process.

For more information on braces care and wax

Braces for many people can be a little unnerving, especially during the first stages. However, with our expert treatment plans and aftercare advice, any doubts or worries you have will be easily managed. Wax is a fantastic solution to any minor discomforts you are experiencing during any stage of your braces journey and is readily available at almost every pharmacy.

We will also supply you with wax after your braces have been applied and if you require more, simply visit our clinic.