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Updated on July 25, 2022

How to Use Dental Wax

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What is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is also called tooth wax, orthodontic wax, ortho wax, or braces wax. 

The wax provides temporary relief to the soft tissues of the mouth that may become irritated from dental appliances.

The sharp edges of traditional braces, invisalign, retainers, and other dental devices can cut, scrape, or irritate the lips, gums, tongue, and inner cheeks.

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Types of Dental Wax 

Dental wax can be made of a few different substances, including:7

  • Paraffin
  • Beeswax
  • Carnauba wax 

Some tooth waxes are scented and flavored, while others are not.

All dental waxes are non-toxic and safe to use.7

Benefits of Dental Wax 

Dental wax offers many benefits, including:

  • Temporarily relieve pain caused by dental appliances
  • Get immediate relief from broken wires or sharp edges until they can be fixed
  • Protect your mouth from bacterial infection by protecting the soft tissue from open cuts and sores
  • Feel better while adjusting to new braces, which can cause discomfort at first
  • Sleep more comfortably without pain from brackets and wires
  • Help cuts or sores inside the mouth heal by preventing further irritation 

How to Apply & Remove Dental Wax 

To apply dental wax, simply cut a pea-sized piece off and press it onto the bracket or sharp edge that is causing you pain. 

Make sure that you have properly cleaned and dried your teeth before using the wax so it stays in place better.4

You may want to roll the wax in your fingers to warm it up so it’s more supple and molds to the metal framework easier. 

The wax should provide relief as soon as you apply it. 

If it doesn’t, and the pain persists, peel it off and reapply or apply more of it. Make sure it creates a completely smooth surface for optimal pain relief.

To remove the dental wax, simply peel it off. If you need help, you can also use an interdental stick, a toothpick, or a piece of floss

Be careful not to break your dental appliance while removing dental wax.

Can You Eat With Dental Wax?

No, you shouldn’t eat with dental wax. Food can stick to the wax and it can become dislodged.

If you do eat with dental wax, rest assured that it’s non-toxic. So if you accidentally swallow a piece of wax, it won’t hurt you.

Can You Sleep With Dental Wax?

Yes, you can sleep with dental wax. Many people apply tooth wax to their dental appliances before sleeping so they can rest more comfortably. 

Again, if you swallow a little piece of wax while sleeping, it won’t make you sick. Dental wax is safe.

How to Prevent Dental Wax From Sticking to Your Teeth

Dental wax should stick to sharp edges for a temporary solution. But the wax won’t stick to your teeth. 

If you have any trouble getting it off, use an interdental stick, a toothpick, or floss to help remove it.

3 Best Dental Wax Products 

Here are 3 of Amazon’s top-rated dental wax products:

1. Fresh Knight Braces Wax

Fresh Knight’s braces wax is for anyone who wears braces or aligners. The wax is unscented and flavorless “Food Grade ortho brace wax.”1

This is a 10-pack with five premium orthodontic wax strips each, including various colorful storage cases.1

To use this wax, simply pinch off a piece of wax, warm and mold it in your fingers, and stick it to the area causing any pain. The wax should stay in place without any slippage.1

Fresh Knight Braces Wax has thousands of positive ratings. It costs about $10 for 50 wax strips.1

2. DenTek Wax for Braces

DenTek’s wax strips for braces have a few hundred ratings, most of which are four or five stars. 

They are available in a 6-pack for about $11. Each pack has 2 counts of 5 wax strips each, as well as a spade tool to cut and apply the wax.2

DenTek wax intends to relieve discomfort, irritation, and pain from the brackets and wires of braces. 

To use the wax, clean and dry your braces first.2 Then cut a piece of wax off the strip with the spade tool. Use the applicator to press it onto your braces.2

3. GUM Orthodontic

GUM Orthodontic wax contains Vitamin E and aloe vera and is mint flavored. But you can also choose unflavored wax. 

They are available to order in a 6-pack for about $8.3

The wax comes in small, pre-cut cubes, instead of strips, so they are easy to apply. Make sure to remove the wax when you are brushing or cleaning your teeth.3

GUM Orthodontic has thousands of positive reviews and is rated as some of the best wax on Amazon.3

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Last updated on July 25, 2022
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  2. Amazon.com : DenTek Wax for Braces 1 Each (2 Count).
  3. Amazon.com: Gum - 10070942007242 Orthodontic Wax, Mint.
  4. CVS Health Mint Flavored Orthodontic Wax.” CVS Health Dental Wax (Mint Flavored).
  5. G-U-M Orthodontic Wax, Vitamin E + Aloe Mint.” Walgreens.
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  7. What Is Tooth Wax?Colgate®: Toothpaste, Toothbrushes & Oral Care Resources
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