Knowing how to apply orthodontic wax is an absolute must if you’re wearing a brace.

Braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth, but in this time nobody has developed a way to make them completely comfortable.

An orthodontic brace consists of brackets which stick to the front of your tooth, with wires passed through each bracket. Small elastic bands hold the wires in place and over time this pulls your teeth together to straighten them.

The problem is that orthodontic wires and brackets have a tendency to catch your cheeks and lips, which can cause pain and ulceration. You’ll find this is more prominent when your brace is first fitted as your mouth isn’t used to it. Your nosey tongue will play with it and cheeks rub against it.

But, over time it does get easier, and after a few weeks, you’ll hardly notice it’s even there.

So especially at first, to combat the rubbing you’ll need some orthodontic wax. Orthodontic wax is very similar to candle wax. It’s soft and mouldable and can be used as a covering to prevent your brace from catching your mouth.

It can be bought at supermarkets and high street drug stores for as little as £3, or alternatively ask your orthodontist for some.

How to use orthodontic wax

photo showing how to use orthodontic wax

Firstly, clean your brace and teeth adequately to ensure there’s no food around any brackets or wires. We don’t want wax trapping food as this could cause decay.

Then wash your hands. After all, they’re going inside of your mouth.

You’re ready.

By now you’ll know where the sore areas are in your mouth. You’ll probably have an ulcer or soreness adjacent to that part of the brace.

Dry the area that’s causing discomfort to allow the orthodontic wax to stick better.

Remove the wax out of the box and roll with your fingers. This will soften the wax and make it easier to apply.

Press the wax on the bracket which is causing pain, and wrap it around the corners to stop it falling off.

You’ll find that the orthodontic wax smooths the contact between your brace and your mouth and the painful area should heal quickly.

If the wax falls off then just replace it, and if it’s swallowed it’s nothing to worry about.

Lastly, if the pain doesn’t resolve then call your orthodontist and they’ll help you.


AUTHOR

Dr Gareth Edwards Dentist AuthorDr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) qualified as a dentist with honours. Now practicing in the Bournemouth & Poole area, he has a keen interest in orthodontics. He is a certified Invisalign and Six Month Smiles provider.

 

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