What Is Ortho Wax and How Do I Use It?

Ortho Wax

Academy Dental is a warm, inviting SPA-themed dentist facility in Hamilton, and is rated as one of the best places by Hulafrog for dental treatment. Dr. Navleen Thind, D.D.S. is a trusted dentist who practices adults and kids’ dentistry, along with Dr. Steven Reff, Dr. Pankaj Puri (Orthodontist) and Dr. Roshanjit Kaur. 

If you are experiencing any discomfort while wearing your braces, specifically as a result of the brackets or wires rubbing against your cheeks, your orthodontist may recommend using some orthodontic wax. Orthodontic wax, also known as braces wax or dental wax, is a clear wax made of non-toxic and natural substances, such as carnauba wax, beeswax or paraffin wax. At Academy Dental we believe ortho wax is a great tool to make braces more pleasant, so today we will be explaining the purpose of the wax and how to use it:

Individual brackets or the ends of the wires can sometimes irritate your cheek as they rub against it, typically when you first get braces or have them adjusted. In order to protect your mouth from abrasions and pain, ortho wax can be applied to the problematic area and provide relief while your mouth adjusts to the presence of the bracket or wire. Ortho wax can also be helpful if a bracket or wire comes out of place and you have to wait to get it fixed.

To use your wax, first wash your hands and brush your teeth, since this helps prevent bacteria from collecting in the affected area. Then you should roll a small ball of the wax in your fingers and form it into your desired shape. You can place this ball over the bracket or wire and press it firmly onto the area, enabling it to stay in place. When the wax is applied, any cuts or sores should be able to heal. The wax should be replaced often and not stay in place for more than two days. If the pain persists or is due to a broken bracket, we recommend that you set up an appointment with our orthodontist to be evaluated and have your braces repaired.

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Navleen Thind Dr. Navleen Thind is a highly trained dentist practicing in Hamilon, NJ.

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