About Orthodontic Relief Wax
What it is and How to Use It?
Orthodontic relief wax is a soft, pliable material that is used to relieve discomfort caused by braces and other dental appliances. It is applied to smooth out areas where sharp edges or protruding wires irritate or injure the soft tissues of the mouth. It’s referred to by many names: dental wax, relief wax, orthodontic wax, and orthodontic relief wax. For the purposes of this article, we’ll use the terms orthodontic wax or orthodontic relief wax. Calling this product “dental wax” can often create confusion with waxes that are used to craft dental appliances.
What is orthodontic wax made of?
Orthodontic relief wax is normally made of a mixture of synthetic compounds, including paraffin and microcrystalline waxes. Orthodontic relief wax is solid at room temperature but becomes soft as it heats up from being manipulated. It is malleable enough to be applied in different configurations in the mouth and on dental appliances. It is also specially formulated to adhere to appliances and create a reliable barrier between them and the soft tissues of the mouth.
What are the benefits of orthodontic relief wax?
This product’s main benefit is protecting your mouth’s soft tissues, including gums, lips, tongue and cheek lining from coming into contact with certain parts of dental appliances.
- Adaptable and User Friendly
- Secures Broken Appliances
- Relieves New Braces Discomfort
- Safe to Use
Orthodontic relief wax is simple, easy-to-use and adaptable to many situations. Because it can take almost any shape, it works just as well for braces as it does for partials and other dental appliances.
Since most orthodontic relief wax is odourless and colourless, it’s very discreet once it’s applied. Some relief waxes are flavoured, which adds to the soothing sensation of the wax.
Whatever the reason the appliance is creating discomfort, relief wax can provide a soothing barrier. Applying it is as simple as opening a small, portable box, tearing off a piece of wax, and sticking it directly to the affected area.
Types of Orthodontic Relief Wax
Orthodontic relief wax is typically sold as a packet of wax strips in a small, convenient plastic box. Each strip can be separated and pieces torn off as needed. Most relief wax is colourless and flavourless. Some types come infused with other ingredients, including:
There are a variety of box options for relief wax as well, including crystal clear, colourful and scented boxes. Although not as popular as the colourless wax, coloured relief wax is also available on the market.
As with any dental product, consult your dentist for more information before using orthodontic relief wax.
How to Apply Dental Wax on Braces?
Summary: Use clean hands, to roll some dental wax into a ball. Brush your teeth, then dry off your braces. Press the wax over the bracket or wire and rub it in place. Be sure to reapply the wax regularly, especially after meals.
PART 1 - GETTING READY
Before Applying The Wax
1) Acquire a box of dental wax. When you first received your braces, it is likely that your orthodontist gave you a pack with some essential supplies. Dental wax should have been included in the pack. If you lose it or run out, you can easily buy another box from your local drugstore, or ask your orthodontist for some more.You will probably find that your braces irritate the inside of your mouth most when you first have them, so they will require more wax. Over time, the skin on the inside of your mouth may toughen up and you may find you require less wax.
PART 2 - APPLYING THE WAX
How To Apply The Wax?
1) Press the wax over the area causing the pain. Using your thumb and forefinger, press the ball of wax over the bracket or wire causing the pain. If the wire is at the back of your mouth, push as far as you can, then withdraw your thumb and use your forefinger and tongue to position the wax.