How to use wax for braces: Braces are a common procedure used to correct the alignment of teeth. Waxing is one way for people with braces to maintain the perfect smile while they’re undergoing this process.
It can be difficult to keep up on your dental hygiene while wearing braces, but waxing will help you avoid tooth decay and other issues that come from not brushing properly or using mouthwash. Luckily, there’s no need for you to worry about how much work it takes to use wax when you have braces!
What are some pros and cons of using wax for braces?
Some people may mistakenly think that dental wax is a relatively benign product. However, the truth of the matter is that dental wax can do a lot of damage to teeth and gums when it’s not cared for properly. Here are some things you need to know about using dental wax.
One common misconception about using dental wax is that only soft plastics are used in the manufacturing process, which is completely untrue. In many cases, hard plastic pieces from old sunglasses or CDs will be melted down and used in making dental suction cups or other devices that hold braces together.
That means people who chew on their braces may be causing microscopic scratches on the surfaces of these instruments because they’re sharper than soft plastics.
Is there any age restriction for using wax?
There is no age restriction if it’s safe for you to use. Basically, waxing is the process of ripping the hair out from the root of the follicle. The major areas of concern are that some people have medical conditions or treatments that could impair their healing at this site, people with certain types of cancer. A trained professional should be able to advise you on what would be right for you!
How to use wax for braces?
There are two types of waxes that can be used with braces, orthodontic and dental. Dental wax is recommended since it reacts better to heat and softens when heated up. Orthodontic wax isn’t considered the best option in everyday use because it’s more brittle than dental and doesn’t hold shapes as well.
Wax should be applied in a thin layer, directly on the teeth you want to cover up but not so close that one edge touches another edge or builds up very thickly in any area (maybe around at most 1/8th inch thick). These areas need to then be heated carefully by holding them over the flame of a lighter or candle until they melt into place.
Can you eat with wax on your braces?
Wax is not recommended because it can stick in the brace when you bite down or chew. However, if you are given a piece of wax by your orthodontist to put on the exposed wire during treatment, then yes.
We recommend that patients wait until their braces are removed before eating any food with wax on it unless specifically directed by your orthodontist. Wax may be used for temporary protection against irritation caused by exposed wires but if left long enough can get stuck in place- especially when chewing or biting down!
If your orthodontist has specifically prescribed this for you while waiting for your braces to be removed, then go ahead- just use caution and make sure the wax doesn’t get stuck!
How long do you keep wax on braces?
Wax is always recommended on braces for at least five minutes. Wax’s natural moisturizing and adhesive properties, coupled with its insulation quality (for the brackets and wires), make it perfect for reducing irritation and sensitivity while promoting a healthy mouth by sealing out food particles and bacteria.
For this reason, we recommend doing “wax therapy” after every meal or snack for supervised children; while we advise adults to do it more often as needed if their oral health is compromised. Just remember that whatever you eat should generally be soft enough not to break off any pieces before it gets melted by your saliva into a substance that can safely traverse the oesophagus unharmed.
Which braces and wax are good to use?
Here are some general guidelines on what to do for braces with dental wax. First, check the type of braces by looking at your specific retainer or orthodontist’s recommendations. You can also check this specific blog post to see if they have recommendations tailored to your needs.
Second, find out which safety sealers are most appropriate for use with the type of braces you have safety sealers are most often soft waxes that come in crystals that need to be heated up before using them.
Third, if crystals don’t work for you then choose a softer wax like paraffin instead – it may not be as effective but it will still provide important protection against bacteria and food particles which could lead to the tooth.
The use of wax for braces is not only an effective way to protect the teeth, but also provides a more comfortable experience with less friction. If you’ve been considering getting your child or yourself in for this type of treatment, ask our team about how we can help. We have years of dental knowledge and experience that will be able to answer any questions you may have so give us a call today!