As metal braces cause irritation and discomfort to the inner mouth, dental wax helps you get used to the orthodontic devices.
Traditional, metallic braces can cause sore areas in your mouth, especially where your inner cheeks, lips and gums contact the metal wires and brackets of the braces. As these sharp metals continuously rub against the sensitive inner mouth tissues, the development of sore areas is something completely normal. It can, nevertheless, be something quite painful too, affecting in some cases your appetite.
For that reason, dental wax for braces is used as a solution. This special wax is used in dental care to ease the soreness within the mouth, as well as the discomfort it may cause. Orthodontic wax can help with pain and provide a protective barrier between braces and soft tissues of the mouth.
When beginning to wear orthodontic braces, dental wax can also help you get accustomed to brackets quicker, making you more comfortable while undergoing the treatment.
To use dental wax for your braces, you just need to take a piece and gently warm it between your thumb and your finger. There are warmer dental devices available for this purpose too, but the ultimate goal is to soften the way to apply it to your metallic braces. When the orthodontic wax becomes soft and pliable, you can stick it onto the metal ends of the braces, which are responsible for soreness and discomfort. The use of wax will ease that pain and provide an extra layer of protection to your mouth.
Dental wax for braces helps preventing the development of canker sores and other mouth irritations caused by metallic dental braces. For those patients wearing clear braces such as Invisalign, soreness of the mouth tissues because of the rubbing of the devices into these is not an issue: the non-metallic material these kinds of braces are made of already prevents that irritation.
Orthodontic wax can be found in the market under a number of different types and brands. There exist natural waxes, made of mineral or vegetable materials, synthetic waxes and animal waxes. All of these can be presented as plain of flavoured waxes, for a more pleasant use, especially when the patient under orthodontic treatment is a child. The use of dental wax tends to diminish in time, as you get used to your braces and the insides of your mouth becomes more resistant to irritation from the metallic devices. It is made of non-toxic material, so it is safe in case of involuntarily swallowing it, which is quite common as wax tends to break down over time, most times needing to apply more after meals. It is very important to remember removing dental wax from the mouth before brushing, to avoid damage to the toothbrush.
Ask your dentist about the best choice to ease your treatment process and to rapidly get used to your metal braces.