Orthodontic wax is an excellent way of making sure your child's braces treatment goes more smoothly (literally!). Read on for some answers to the most frequently asked questions our SmileTown Orthodontics Braces & Invisalign team gets about orthodontic wax
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax protects your child's gums and the lining of their lips and checks from their braces. When applied to their braces, this natural wax creates a barrier which stops their braces from creating friction against the inside of your mouth.
What is orthodontic wax made of?
Orthodontic wax is generally made from naturally occurring waxes like beeswax, carnauba wax or paraffin wax. It may also contain fillers, modifiers or flavours.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Absolutely! Orthodontic wax is totally non-toxic and is safe for consumption. This means that, if your child inadvertently swallows it, they'll be fine. That being said, we certainly wouldn't recommend having it for a snack.
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
More often than not, orthodontic wax is flavourless, but some brands do come in different flavours. The most common of these is mint.
How often does orthodontic wax need to be applied?
You should apply orthodontic wax for your kid as often as they need, depending on where they are in the treatment process. When we first apply their braces, you may find that they'll need to apply it more often, since their mouth won't be used to having all of those new bits of metal. Orthodontic wax gives your kid's mouth a chance to heal form cuts or sores as well as preventing new ones from forming.
Over time, the skin of your child's mouth will adjust to their braces and you likely won't need the wax as often.
Where can I buy orthodontic wax?
Your orthodontist will be able to give you some wax when your kid first has their braces applies, as part of their orthodontic care kit. In order to top up your supply, pay a visit to your local pharmacy and nd look for it in the oral care section.
Will the orthodontic wax be really noticeable when it’s on the braces?
Not really. Orthodontic wax is clear, and so it is virtually invisible to the naked eye.
What are the alternatives to orthodontic wax?
Some people prefer to use strips of dental silicone. There are also plastic lip guards available which fit over braces.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
- Wash your hands.
- Brush your teeth to make sure the area where you’re applying the wax is clean.
- Take a small piece of wax (just enough to cover the wire or bracket) and roll it into a ball. This will make it more malleable and easier to apply.
- Gently press the wax onto the bracket or wire.
- Rub the wax into place. It should form a small bump overtop of the bracket or wire, preventing further friction.
How do I remove orthodontic wax?
In order to remover orthodontic wax in your kid's mouth, there are a few different tools you can use. Dental floss, a toothpick and a proxy brush (also called an interdens stick) can all work well.
If left for long enough, orthodontic wax will wear away for flake off over time. SO, this may not be an issue for you or your child.