Also known as RELIEF WAX, COMFORT WAX, BRACES WAX, PATIENT WAX, MOUTH WAX, BRACKET WAX
Dental waxes are composed of a mixture of components from natural and synthetic sources. Natural waxes are produced from plants like carnauba wax; insects, such as beeswax; and mineral source, used in paraffin and microcrystalline waxes. These waxes contribute properties to the wax but are rarely used in their pure form. They are also combined with resins and each component is added to attain the desirable physical properties for the waxes application. Use of the wax will determine properties that are desirable for its application. Properties that contribute to the melting range, flow, thermal expansion, and excess residue are important considerations for dental wax. The user must regard these properties when making a wax selection, as well as during manipulation of the wax.
Orthodontic wax has been formulated to relieve discomfort by adhering to orthodontic appliances such as braces and wires, and to the auxiliary hooksand ligatures. Orthodontic wax is recommended by dental professionals for relief from the pain and irritation caused by orthodontic appliances coming into contact with the soft tissue inside the mouth. Orthodontic wax protects the gums and the linings of your cheeks and lips, providing a comfortable barrier from the sharp ends of wires and pointed appliance parts. Orthodontic wax is also suitable for patients wearing partial dentures where wire clasps may be causing discomfort, sore spots, or abrasions. Orthodontic wax for personal use is often packed in a convenient, small container that is ideal for both at home and outside the home use. Designed to fit easily into your pocket, purse, or backpack wherever you may go. Apply Orthodontic wax to relieve discomfort and soreness caused by orthodontic appliances.
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.
(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.
(2) Wash your hands. Scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, then dry them thoroughly. You don’t want to bring any bacteria into your mouth, especially if you have a cut or sore.
(3) Shape a small ball of wax. Pull off a little piece of wax from the pack and roll it with your fingers into a ball shape. You want it to be just big enough to cover the bracket or wire irritating your mouth. A blob the size of a popcorn kernel or pea will usually do the job. Roll the wax for at least five seconds. The warmth from your fingers will soften it and make it easier to use.Using too much wax may result in the wax falling off.
(4) Locate painful areas. Wax can cover up any area where sharp or rough metal is irritating your inner lips and cheeks. The most common places are the brackets on your front teeth, and the sharp wires at the far back of your mouth. Pull your cheek out and look for any bright red or swollen areas, or gently probe your cheek to find tender areas. You should protect all of these before they develop into cuts, or get infected. If you’re having trouble seeing, use a metal rod or small spoon to push out your cheek.
(5) Brush your teeth. This isn’t completely necessary, but it may reduce bacteria buildup and keep the wax cleaner. At least remove any food stuck in the braces where you plan to apply the wax.
(6) Dry off your braces. Before you apply the wax, dry off your braces with a tissue. The drier the area is, the longer the wax will stick.
(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.
(2) Rub it in place. Rub your forefinger over the wax a couple times to stick it in place. The wax should still stick out a little, forming a small bump.
(3) Allow the wax to work. Once you have applied wax to your braces, your mouth should heal itself quite quickly. The wax barrier stops the irritation and allows the mouth the time to heal any sore spots. As you become accustomed to your braces, you will find they cause less and less irritation and you won’t have to use the wax as often.
(4) Reapply the wax regularly. Keep some wax on you when you are out and about. Replace the wax twice a day, or whenever it starts to fall off. Do not leave it on for more than two days, as bacteria can build up in the wax.
The wax will pick up food as you eat. If the braces are too painful to let you eat without wax, replace the dirty wax after you finish your meal.
Take off the wax before brushing your teeth, or you’ll get wax caught in your toothbrush.
(5) Contact your orthodontist if the pain persists. If you have tried wax a andit has not helped, get in touch with your orthodontist. Persistent irritation and sores can become infected and lead to more serious problems. If you are having a really tough time with your braces, don’t be shy about getting in touch with your orthodontist. They will help make them more comfortable.
Also known as RELIEF WAX, COMFORT WAX, BRACES WAX, PATIENT WAX, MOUTH WAX, BRACKET WAX
Q – Does the wax come off if I brush my teeth?
A – You can remove the wax when brushing your teeth and re-apply the dental wax afterwards.
Q – Can you eat with the wax on?
A – No, because the food will cause the wax fall off. Instead, take the wax off before you eat anything, and then reapply it after you have finished eating and brushed your teeth.
Q – Can I drink anything with the wax on?
A – It would be better to take the wax off. Liquids can cause the wax to fall off.
Q – Am I supposed to remove the wax myself?
A – Yes, you can remove the wax yourself.
Q – Can you reuse wax and if so how can you clean it before reusing it?
A – Orthodontic wax is not that expensive (your orthodontist may even give it to you for free), so there is no point in reusing it. Once you have put it on the brackets it will eventually crumble and fall off, so if you try to reuse it it won’t have the same effect and it will fall off easier.
Q – Do I leave the wax on overnight or do I remove it before bed?
A – You can leave it overnight for protection. While you sleep, you have no control of your muscles so the metal wires can cause even worse injuries especially if you sleep face down.
Q – If I swallowed a piece of wax, should I call my doctor or dentist?
A – No, you should be fine – it isn’t toxic. Do not induce vomiting andyou may contact a physician as a precautionary measure.
Q – How do I remove dental wax?
A – You might want to wash your hands very well before you remove it, but then just gently take it off using your fingers. It should peel off easily.
Q – Will the dental wax stay in place if I drink water?
A – Probably not. Take the wax off and you can drink the water. There is no need for brushing your teeth if it is just water, so just dry the area in your mouth and reapply the wax.
Q – Am I allowed to sleep with lots of orthodontic wax on my braces or is it dangerous?
A – I suggest taking it off before bed if possible. The wax isn’t bad for you necessarily but it is a potential choking hazard.
Q – Can I leave dental wax on my braces overnight?
A – It isn’t recommend because there’s a small chance it might come off the tooth.
Q – What is in the wax that makes your teeth hurt less?
A – There isn’t really a special ingredient in the wax that makes your teeth hurt less. Dental wax is used on the part of your braces that rub against the inside of your mouth, and it keeps the metal edges from rubbing against your mouth. By doing so you give the sores in your mouth time to heal. So it won’t make your teeth hurt less, but it will make your mouth hurt less.
Q – What happens after I put on the wax?
A – It stops your bracket/wire from giving you pain, and allows you to go about your usual routine without annoyance.
Q – How long is it before the wax dries after I put it on?
A – It doesn’t necessarily “dry.” It is designed to soften the feel of braces on the inside of your mouth without changing its properties.
Q – How do I remove wax that is stuck at the back?
A – Use your toothbrush, and be sure to wet it with water first. Rub it gently along the stuck area, and it should come off.
Q – If I just take off the wax to eat or drink, then can I reuse that wax, or should I use another piece of wax?
A – You should use another piece for health and sanitary reasons.
ADHERES TO ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES: Clear wax covers sharp elements providing relief from irritation and soreness.
CONVENIENT CONTAINER: When sold for person use to the individual. Small, compact, and ideal for on-the-go, keeping the wax with you everywhere you go.
PLEASANT FLAVOURS AVAILABLE: Mint flavouring is the most popular.
DISCREET: Opaque wax blends in with your teeth so it is not visible.