The Importance Of Dental Wax

February 22, 2019

At Utah Orthodontic Care, we want to provide all of our patients with the smiles they’ve always dreamed of. Our dedicated and experienced orthodontic providers offer many different types of braces like traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and ceramic braces. No matter the orthodontic issue, our team can solve it and give you a straight, beautiful smile! We also understand braces are an adjustment; having an orthodontic appliance constantly attached to your teeth is not easy and it takes some getting used to. Utah Orthodontic Care wants to ease this transition by providing helpful hints and useful tools, specifically dental wax. Dental Wax will be your new best friend once your braces are on!

What Is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is a harmless, edible wax that is used as a protective layer between braces and a patient’s mouth, gums, and lips. Children and adults with braces will find dental wax to be a lifesaver! The wax can be used to cover the entire brace, bracket, or the wires to create a smooth layer that will not irritate your mouth or gums. When braces are first put on your teeth, they can cause minor pain or sores within your mouth. However, the dental wax will completely alleviate this! Your transition with braces has never been easier than with dental wax.

How Do I Use Dental Wax?

Dental wax can be used to protect your mouth from the braces. Whether you need the wax for daily use or when a bracket or wire comes to lose, you will be able to protect your mouth and gums. At Utah Orthodontic Care, we recommend taking the following steps and precautions when using dental wax:

  • Always wash your hands before applying dental wax
  • Brush the area that you want to apply wax to and ensure it is particle/food free
  • Take a small pinch of wax and squeeze it in your hand until it is soft and pliable
  • Gently push the wax onto the problem area of the braces

With these simple steps, you can ensure your mouth and braces are clean prior to putting the dental wax. And, you will alleviate any pain or soreness you are experiencing from the braces. Once the dental wax is applied, you can eat, drink, and brush your teeth regularly.

Questions Or Concerns? Call Utah Orthodontic Care Today!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your braces or your use of dental wax, never hesitate to call Utah Orthodontic Care. Our orthodontic providers in Salt Lake City will be more than happy to assist you and help you through this transitional period. If you need more dental wax or want to schedule your next orthodontic appointment, call one of our offices in the Salt Lake City area. We look forward to seeing you again soon!