Don’t use chewing gum on your braces, as it will get down in and around the appliances and be difficult to remove.
If you don’t have access to dental wax you can substitute paraffin, carnauba, or beeswax, but the form of the wax might make applying it to the braces more difficult.
When you wear dental braces, you will likely develop some sore areas in your mouth. The inner cheeks, lips, and gums may feel sore where they contact the metal brackets and wires of dental braces. This is absolutely normal if you consider all these hard and sharp metals rubbing against the sensitive inner mouth tissues (mucosa). In some cases, especially in young children the pain from the mouth sores can seriously affect their appetite.
What is dental wax for braces
The solution to the problem of mouth sores from dental braces is a simple product, the dental wax for braces.
Dental wax is a special kind of wax for use in dental care that can be applied on any area of the dental braces which is causing discomfort and soreness. Orthodontic wax can help in easing pain by providing a protective barrier between the dental braces and soft tissues of the mouth. Dental wax can also help to get accustomed to your braces quicker, and to help them feel much more comfortable as well.
The most popular place where dental wax is used is on the piece of metal sticking out from the last tooth where the last brackets and end wires are located. However, you can use dental wax anywhere you feel sore because of the braces and you want to make your mouth feel more comfortable. You only need a small amount of dental wax to get relief.
How to use dental wax for braces
To use dental wax for braces, simply take a piece and gently warm it between your thumb and finger. You can alternatively use one of the dental wax warmer devices availble in the market. When the braces wax become soft and pliable, you can stick it onto the metal ends of dental braces which cause the discomfort.
Dental wax for braces can help to prevent the development of painful canker sores and other irritations of the mouth caused by dental braces. You can find in the market a number of different dental waxes for braces, some of them are flavored for more pleasant use.
** It requires several months or even years to correct a malocclusion problem. However, dental wax for braces is a product that can help so that wearing dental braces will not become a traumatic experience.
No matter what your choice for dental braces wax, you will find that it helps you to feel much more comfortable with wearing your dental braces.
Dental braces are tough on the gums and jaw tissue. Since the sharp ends of the wires and the pointed parts of the appliances can gouge into the soft tissues in the mouth, causing canker sores and scrapes, orthodontists have their patients use wax to reduce these problems.
Dental wax covers the problematic areas, reducing their ability to rub against the inner cheek and gums. This reduces the number and severity of sores caused by braces.
Make sure your hands are clean. Tear off a small piece of dental wax by twisting it until it comes off. Don’t pull it off, as it will stretch and become thin, making it more difficult to shape properly. Most dental wax is made of paraffin, carnauba, or beeswax.
Roll the wax into a small ball. Rolling the wax with your hands makes it warm and easier to shape. You’ll want it to be a compact, fairly symmetrical ball when you are done.
Use your fingertip to directly apply the ball of wax onto the part of the braces that need a cushion. Push the wax firmly onto the area so that it will stick, but don’t push it down into the area between the teeth and braces. You want the dental wax to stick out further than the braces.
Repeat until you have covered all the parts of your braces that were causing irritation or pain. The wax will start to come off on its own over time, so reapply it as needed. Generally the wax will stay in place for a few hours.
Remove the wax before eating. Pull or move the wax off of the appliances with your finger or a toothbrush. If you forget to remove the wax it will most likely become dislodged by your chewing and get swallowed with the food. It is nontoxic, though, so it won’t harm you if it is swallowed.
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The waxes are supplied in different types, with each designed for specific purposes.
Next we describe the waxes with which a chairside prosthetic technician needs to be familiar and be able to use.
Baseplate Wax is used to create a spacer over the cast before custom trays can be made. Another use is as a block-out wax for undercuts on casts. It is available in sheet and ribbon form and is pink in color.
Bite Registration Wax is a metal-impregnated wax in sheet form. It is used to record the occlusal relationships between a patient’s opposing arches and to later transfer this relationship to the cast for articulation. Often without this record, it is impossible for the dentist or the laboratory technician to properly occlude the patient’s cast.
Indicator Wax is usually green in color and is coated with a water soluble adhesive on one side. It is used for registering occlusal contacts on natural teeth, individual restorations, FPDs, RPDs, and CDs. It is sometimes used by the dentist to evaluate high spots on restorations.
Sticky Wax is made of beeswax, paraffin, and resin. Its colors are orange and the darker shades of blue, red, and violet. The resin gives the wax its adhesiveness and hardness. An important requirement of sticky wax is that it must break under pressure rather than bend or distort. This property makes it useful for holding the parts of a broken denture together so that it can be repaired.
Utility Wax is a red or colorless wax that comes in rope form. It is extremely pliable and tacky at room temperature, making it usable without heating. Its main use is in beading (curbing) impressions before boxing and pouring. It can also be used on the impressions trays to avoid the flow of impression material to the back of the throat and to avoid injury to the soft tissue.