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Updated on July 27, 2023
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How to Use Dental Wax for Braces

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What is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is commonly used for traditional braces. It provides temporary relief to the mouth's soft tissues that may become irritated from dental appliances.

Dental wax is also called:

  • Tooth wax
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Ortho wax
  • Braces wax

You can also use it for:

  • Invisalign
  • Retainers
  • Dentures
  • Other dental devices with sharp edges

Types of Dental Wax 

Dental wax can be made of a few different materials, 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 

Here are the steps to properly apply dental wax:

  1. Ensure you have properly cleaned and dried your teeth before using the wax
  2. Cut a pea-sized piece of dental wax off
  3. Roll the wax in your fingers to warm it up so it molds to the metal framework more easily
  4. Press it onto the bracket or sharp edge, causing you pain
  5. If the pain persists, peel off the wax and reapply or apply more of it
  6. Ensure the wax creates a completely smooth surface

To remove the dental wax, simply peel it off. 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 accidentally swallow a piece of wax, it won’t hurt you, as dental wax is non-toxic.

Can You Sleep With Dental Wax?

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

Again, swallowing a little piece of wax while sleeping 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 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. Its features include:1

  • Unscented
  • Flavorless
  • Food grade
  • Comes with ten packs
  • Five premium wax strips in a pack

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 and 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.

3. GUM Orthodontic

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

  • Contains vitamin E and aloe vera
  • Has mint-flavored and unscented options
  • Comes in pre-cute cubes
  • Comes with six packs

You can order a 6-pack for about $8.3

Last updated on July 27, 2023
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Last updated on July 27, 2023
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