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.
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.
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.
In cases where appliances are broken or malfunctioning, such as braces brackets or wires coming undone and sticking out, orthodontic relief wax can provide a temporary solution until you visit the dentists’ office.
Orthodontic relief wax is most often used in this way for hooks and ligatures that have come undone or partial dentures that have been chipped or damaged, creating sharp, pointy edges that can damage mouth tissues.
In cases where the dental appliance is working as intended but simply creating discomfort for the patient, orthodontic relief wax can be used to easy the adjustment process. This use is most often associated with new braces, which is why sometimes the product is called “braces wax.”
Orthodontic wax is safe to use in the vulnerable interior of the mouth. You can speak, eat, brush your teeth and go about your day normally while it’s on your appliances. Relief wax is perfectly safe to ingest, which happens from time to time as pieces break off from speaking or chewing. The wax will harmlessly disintegrate after a while, and require re-application.
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.
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.
Everything you need to know about how to use orthodontic relief wax.
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You can remove the wax when brushing your teeth and re-apply the dental wax afterwards.
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.
It would be better to take the wax off. Liquids can cause the wax to fall off.
Yes, you can remove the wax yourself.
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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.
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.
No, you should be fine – it isn’t toxic. Do not induce vomiting andyou may contact a physician as a precautionary measure.
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.
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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.
I suggest taking it off before bed if possible. The wax isn’t bad for you necessarily but it is a potential choking hazard.
It isn’t recommend because there’s a small chance it might come off the tooth.
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.
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It stops your bracket/wire from giving you pain, and allows you to go about your usual routine without annoyance.
It doesn’t necessarily “dry.” It is designed to soften the feel of braces on the inside of your mouth without changing its properties.
Use your toothbrush, and be sure to wet it with water first. Rub it gently along the stuck area, and it should come off.
You should use another piece for health and sanitary reasons.