Orthodontic wax is a product that will help make your braces treatment go more smoothly… literally! Read these FAQs for answers to our most commonly asked questions about orthodontic wax.
What is orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax is a natural wax product that protects the inside of your mouth (in particular, your cheeks and gums) from friction caused by your braces.
What is orthodontic wax made of?
Orthodontic wax is typically made of natural waxes like beeswax, paraffin wax or carnauba wax. It also usually contains certain fillers and modifiers, and certain types also have flavouring added.
Is orthodontic wax safe to swallow?
Yes, it is! Orthodontic wax is non-toxic and safe for consumption. It’s made this way because, of course, you have to put it in your mouth. In fact, orthodontic wax is meant to be swallowed; over time, saliva in your mouth causes it to wear off. So, no worries; it’s perfectly safe!
What does orthodontic wax taste like?
Naturally, orthodontic wax is flavourless, but some have flavours added in, usually mint.
How often should orthodontic wax be applied?
As often as you need. You will probably apply it more frequently at the start of your orthodontic treatment, because your mouth will not be used to the braces yet. You may also apply it more frequently after adjustment appointments.
Where can I buy orthodontic wax?
Orthodontic wax can be purchased at most well-stocked pharmacies, or you can order it from various retailers online. You can also pick some up at our office!
Will the orthodontic wax be noticeable to others when I talk or smile?
Orthodontic wax is pretty hard to see unless you look closely, since it’s clear. Most of the time, other people will not notice it.
How do I apply orthodontic wax?
Start by washing your hands thoroughly, and brushing your teeth. Next, roll a tiny piece of wax (just enough to cover one bracket) into a little ball. Gently press the wax onto the bracket or wire that is causing you discomfort, and massage it carefully into place. The wax should form a small bump over the offending bracket or wire, preventing further friction.
How do I remove orthodontic wax?
The orthodontic wax will eventually wear away by itself. However, if you want to remove some wax that you have just applied, you can try using a small, sharp took like a proxy brush or a toothpick. Or, you could try regular dental floss.