So you finally got braces. Now what’s the braces wax for?
If this is your first time wearing braces, you might notice that certain areas in your mouth feel a bit sore from the wires, brackets or bands rubbing against the tissue. Braces wax is there to solve this issue.
Keep in mind that your braces are probably made of metal. Now, imagine months of wearing these metal things in your mouth which is composed mostly of soft tissue. Obviously, the end result would be sores, especially around the inside of your lips, inner cheeks, and gums.
To prevent the sores from becoming worse, braces wax is applied. Braces wax is a special kind of wax for use in dental care. It provides a protective barrier between the hard braces and the soft tissues of your mouth.
Just take a piece of braces wax and warm it between your finger pads. The braces wax should start to become soft and malleable enough for you to stick it to the jutting wire that is bothering you.
While most people stick braces wax to the piece of metal sticking out from the back of the last tooth the braces are on, the wax can actually be used in virtually any area of the mouth where you feel sore because of the braces.
You need only a small piece of braces wax to do the job. Waxing the metal ends of your braces not only reduces the initial discomfort of wearing braces but also helps speed up the rate with which you adjust to the “foreignness” of wearing braces. Moreover, waxing your braces can also help prevent the development of canker sores, or provide some measure of relief.
Here is a list of some common braces wax to get you started:
OrthoSil Silicone Dental “Wax” for Braces
OrthoSil braces wax is made of silicone strips that are longer lasting and more malleable than ordinary dental wax. Protecting not only your lips but also your gums, the silicone provides a protective layer to decrease discomfort around the mouth.
Clear Dental Wax for Braces
These are traditional braces wax that help provide relief from sores and discomfort as a result of metal wires jutting against your mouth tissues. Clear Dental Wax for Braces comes in containers of assorted colors. Small enough to carry in a small purse, this braces wax is great to use wherever you may be.
Brace Gard Silicone Wax
The best thing about this braces wax is that it can be removed and reapplied. Unlike other brands of dental wax, Brace Gard Silicone Wax does not become crumbly or hard after a while of using. They remain soft and malleable, increasing the comfort in your mouth and providing much needed relief, especially for those who are first-time wearers of braces.