How to Use Wax for Braces to Minimize Discomfort and Pain from Wire Pokes

Learning how to use wax for braces can help you minimize discomfort and pain from wire pokes, but if you don’t do it correctly, you can end up with more problems than you started with!

Below, we’ve got everything you need to learn how to use wax for braces, plus more tips and tricks for reducing braces pain and discomfort so that your experience with braces is completely successful.

WHAT IS DENTAL WAX AND WHY SHOULD I USE IT?

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Dental wax is a non-toxic, waterproof wax that’s designed for use inside your mouth. It’s usually made from some combination of beeswax, carnauba wax, or paraffin. Because it’s hard at room temperature but softens in your fingers, it’s an excellent option for protecting your lips, gums, tongue, and the inside of your cheeks from your braces.

Dental wax can also be known as tooth wax or orthodontic wax, and it’s easy to find at most local drugstores. You can also talk to your orthodontist or dentist about where to find it--often, he or she will supply you with samples during your office visit.

You can find dental wax in a variety of flavors, like bubble gum or mint, or you can find it free of flavors. Either way, it’s a must-have for anybody dealing with braces--especially first-timers!

HOW DO I APPLY DENTAL WAX?

To learn how to use wax for braces, you first need to know how to apply it. First, wash your hands and clean your teeth thoroughly. Applying wax over plaque or debris can cause decay, which you don’t want!

Next, identify the places in your mouth where your braces and wires are rubbing your cheek lining or gums. Then, try to pat dry those places with a towel or hold your mouth open for a few moments so they can dry (the wax will adhere better to a dry mouth then a wet one).

Next, remove a small amount of wax--less than a pea-sized amount--and soften in gently in your hands till it forms a soft lens-like shape. Gently press this shape onto the part of the braces that you’ve already identified as being a problem. The wax will stick to the braces, and you’ll experience greater comfort immediately.

FAQS ABOUT DENTAL WAX

People often have questions about dental wax--here are some of the most common.

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IS DENTAL WAX SAFE TO SWALLOW?

CAN YOU EAT WITH WAX ON YOUR BRACES?

CAN YOU SLEEP WITH WAX ON YOUR BRACES?

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SWALLOW WAX FOR YOUR BRACES?

HOW CAN I STOP MY BRACES FROM CUTTING MY MOUTH

OTHER COMMON USES FOR DENTAL WAX

HOW TO REMOVE DENTAL WAX​

HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE DENTAL WAX ON?

CAN I REUSE MY DENTAL WAX?

BEST DENTAL WAX OPTIONS FOR BRACES

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Most of the dental product brands you’re already familiar with (G-U-M and Colgate, for example) also sell dental wax, and the good news is that wax is mostly the same across brands. Look for wax that comes in a convenient carrying case that seals well and look for wax that comes in a flavor you like--or no flavor at all, if that’s your preference.

​ARE YOUR BRACES STILL BOTHERING YOU? HERE ARE THREE MORE TIPS TO HELP WITH THE PAIN!

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Learning how to use wax for braces can help tremendously when it comes to managing the inevitable pain and discomfort that braces bring; here are a few more tips you’ll love. You can use any of these along with dental wax for maximum pain relief!

1. USE AN ORAL ANESTHETIC OR AN OVER THE COUNTER PAIN RELIEVER

2. DRINK OR EAT SOMETHING COLD

3. TRY AN ICE PACK

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