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Braces help improve your smile by gradually exerting force on your teeth. While they can fix alignment issues, gaps, and bite problems, they can also be uncomfortable due to the wire’s consistent pressure and the brackets pressing against your lips and gums. This leads patients, especially new ones, to look for ways to ease the discomfort of their braces.

Braces wax provides an easy way to make your treatment more comfortable. Ask your orthodontist for braces wax after your adjustments so you can take advantage of the relief it provides. Read on to learn what braces wax is and how you can use it to ease your pain.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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What is Braces Wax?

Braces wax or dental wax is usually made from natural compounds like beeswax, sometimes adding extra textures or flavors with additional ingredients. Other brands are made of carnauba or paraffin wax. All these compounds are specifically designed to ease pain and to allow your mouth the time it needs to heal.

For those worried about their children using braces wax, the fact that the compounds are natural means that swallowing a small amount of wax is perfectly safe. At room temperature, the wax is firm and malleable. With a little heat, such as that created by your fingers and mouth, it becomes softer so you can mold it into the shape you need.

What is Braces Wax Used For?

Braces wax is perfect for shielding your gums and lips from the sharp edges of your brackets and archwire. By sticking wax onto these surfaces, you can smooth out the edges and create a pain-relieving buffer between your lips and gums and your braces. This is especially useful for people who play instruments, as mouthpieces can cause irritation and pain when pressed against braces.

Dental wax is not limited in usefulness to braces, however. Any orthodontic appliances can cause discomfort that wax can alleviate. Even those with ligatures or dentures can experience pain that a buffer of soft wax can help treat in the short term.

How to Apply Braces Wax

When applying braces wax, or helping your child do so, make sure you follow these basic steps.

  • Brush your teeth normally, taking special care to remove food and plaque from the spaces where you’re going to apply the wax.
  • Dry the braces with a tissue or towel. This will help the wax retain its shape and prevent flaking.
  • Wash and dry your hands before touching the wax. Form a small lump of wax (about the size of a pea) and roll it between your fingers to heat it.
  • Look for painful red spots on your lips to pinpoint the bracket or wire that’s been giving you trouble. Alternatively, just feel the edges to find where to apply the wax.
  • Sculpt a small lump on this area and smooth it out, leaving it protruding enough to cover the edge between your braces and lip.

Other Dental Wax Tips

Here are a few other tips to consider when applying dental wax for short-term relief from minor pain:

  • Wax that begins to peel or flake needs to be replaced. If you wear wax all the time, this should be about two times a day.
  • Don’t leave the same wax on for more than two days. This can cause food to become trapped and lead to bacteria and plaque buildup over time.
  • Don’t use wax while eating and drinking so that it doesn’t become stained or trap food in your brackets. This can also lead the wax to fall off more quickly.
  • Don’t reuse bits of wax, as it becomes less effective over time and can cause bacteria to build up. Ask for more at your next appointment.
  • Don’t keep the wax in overnight, though it’s safe to ingest in small quantities.
  • Contact your orthodontist if you find yourself constantly needing wax to ease your pain. You may have a wire out of place that can be fixed by your doctor. Even if this is the case, don’t try to bend the wire yourself as this can damage your appliance.

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It’s important to know what braces wax is and how you can use it to ease your pain. For orthodontic care in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic options can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatment options are right for you. 

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible care in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
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- Harsha P.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

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