Wax - Confortable Orthodontic care

Braces Wax: Tips for Comfortable Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic treatment is a significant journey towards a healthier, more confident smile. But let’s face it - braces can sometimes cause a bit of discomfort. This is where braces wax comes in, acting like a superhero to save the day (and your gums!) from irritation. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of braces wax, a small but mighty tool in your orthodontic care kit. We'll explain what it is, why it's important, and how to use it effectively, ensuring you have a smoother, more comfortable orthodontic experience. So, ready to embrace the power of braces wax? Let's get in!

Wax - Confortable Orthodontic care

What is Braces Wax?

If you're new to the world of orthodontics, the term 'braces wax' might sound a little odd. But rest assured, it's not something you'd find in a candle store or a beauty salon!

Braces wax, also known as dental wax or orthodontic wax, is a special type of non-toxic, soft wax that is used in orthodontic treatment. It's often made from a blend of natural waxes like beeswax, paraffin, or carnauba wax, and sometimes even includes a bit of silicone for extra smoothness.

But what does it do, you ask? When you first get your braces or when they are adjusted during your treatment, it's common to experience some discomfort or irritation in your mouth. This can be due to the brackets or wires rubbing against the delicate inner surfaces of your lips or cheeks. And this is exactly where braces wax comes to your rescue!

Think of braces wax as a protective barrier or a cushion between your braces and the inside of your mouth. When applied over the offending bracket or wire, it creates a smooth surface, reducing friction and thus alleviating any discomfort or potential sores. The wax is clear, so it's practically invisible when applied, and it's completely safe if accidentally swallowed.

In essence, braces wax is like a small, discreet bodyguard for your gums, tirelessly working to ensure your journey toward a perfect smile is as comfortable as possible. It's one of those unsung heroes in the world of orthodontic care, which, despite its modest size, plays a crucial role in making your braces-wearing experience a whole lot better.

So, next time you feel a poke or prod from your braces, remember this little champion and how it can help.

How to Apply Braces Wax

Applying braces wax might seem tricky at first, but with a little practice, you'll be a pro in no time! Here's a simple step-by-step guide on how to use it correctly for maximum comfort:

  1. Clean Your Hands and Braces: Start by washing your hands thoroughly. It's also important to ensure your braces are clean. You can do this by brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth with water.
  2. Pinch a Piece of Wax: Take a small piece of wax - about the size of a pea - and roll it between your fingers until it becomes soft and pliable.
  3. Apply the Wax: Identify the area of your braces causing discomfort. Then, gently press the softened wax onto the offending bracket or wire. Make sure it covers the entire surface that's causing irritation.
  4. Smooth it Out: Use your finger or tongue to smooth out the wax. This helps it stay in place and makes it less noticeable.

Remember, braces wax is safe to swallow, so don't worry if a little comes off while eating or drinking. However, it's best to remove it before brushing your teeth and replace it with a fresh piece afterward.

Applying braces wax is a simple yet effective way to make your orthodontic journey more comfortable. So keep your little pot of relief handy, and never let braces discomfort get in the way of your day!

Tips and Tricks for Using Braces Wax

Navigating the world of braces can be a bit daunting, but with these handy tips and tricks, using braces wax will be a breeze:

  1. Regular Replacement: Replace the wax every few hours or when it starts to break down. This ensures maximum comfort and hygiene.
  2. Keep it Handy: Carry your braces wax with you at all times. You never know when a rogue wire might start causing discomfort.
  3. Dry Application: Before applying the wax, try to dry the area with a tissue. This helps the wax adhere better to your braces.
  4. Don't Stress if Swallowed: While it's common to worry about swallowing braces wax, rest assured that it's non-toxic and designed with safety in mind. If you accidentally swallow some, there's no need for alarm or immediate action. However, if you frequently find yourself swallowing large amounts of wax, it could signal that you're using too much at a time. Try using smaller pieces and ensure they are firmly applied to your braces. If the situation persists, it's always a good idea to consult with your orthodontist for personalized advice. Remember, braces wax is a tool to enhance your comfort during your orthodontic journey, not a source of stress!

With these tips in your orthodontic arsenal, you'll be well-equipped to handle any braces-related discomfort that comes your way!

Alternatives to Braces Wax

While braces wax is a popular choice for managing braces discomfort, it's not the only option out there. If you're allergic to its ingredients or simply prefer a different solution, here are some alternatives:

  1. Orthodontic Silicone: This works similarly to braces wax but is made from medical-grade silicone. It's hypoallergenic and usually lasts longer than traditional wax.
  2. Orthodontic Lip Protectors: These are flexible guards that fit over your braces, protecting your lips and cheeks from irritation. They're especially useful for those playing sports.
  3. Dental Gels: Over-the-counter dental gels can provide temporary relief from irritation caused by braces. They form a protective layer over the offending area, much like braces wax.
  4. Soft Foods: While not a direct alternative, eating soft foods can help reduce discomfort, especially after adjustments. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could irritate your mouth or dislodge your wax.

Remember, everyone's experience with braces is unique, so what works best for you might not work as well for someone else. Don't hesitate to experiment with different solutions until you find your perfect fit!

Conclusion: Consult Embrace Orthodontics

Navigating the world of orthodontic care can be challenging, but with the right tools and knowledge, it doesn't have to be. Whether you opt for traditional braces wax or its alternatives, the key lies in discovering the optimal approach that suits you the most. At Embrace Orthodontics, our mission is to make your journey towards a healthier, brighter smile as comfortable as possible.

Don't let discomfort keep you from smiling wide and bright! If you're grappling with braces-related issues, we're here to help. Reach out to us at Embrace Orthodontics, where we provide personalized, effective solutions to ensure your orthodontic care is a positive experience. Remember, every smile is unique, and so is our approach to caring for it. Let's embrace the journey to your perfect smile together!

Foods to Avoid

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie
  • Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment.

Brushing & Flossing with Braces

You know how important it is to brush and floss properly when you’re wearing braces — but what’s the best way to do that? Let’s start with the basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective. Used carefully, an electric toothbrush can work just as well. But be sure the electric brush is set to a moderate power level, and don’t let its vibrations cause the back of the brush to hit the braces!

You should brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least two times per day (preferably after meals), for at least two minutes each time. Remember to brush all the tooth surfaces: the outside, the inside, and the chewing surfaces as well. Be especially careful to clean the areas between wires and teeth, and between brackets and gums — that’s where food particles can easily become trapped.

Here’s a suggested brushing technique: Beginning at the outside surfaces, place the tips of the bristles flat against your teeth, and use small circular motions to gently polish them clean. For areas between braces and gums, tilt the brush toward the gum line (down for the bottom teeth, up for the top) while keeping up the circular motions. Next, move on to the chewing surfaces of upper and lower teeth, using a firm back-and-forth motion. Finally, finish up by carefully brushing the inside surfaces of the teeth the same way you did the outside surfaces.

Special Brushing Tools

If you’re having trouble cleaning the areas near brackets and wires, there are some special tools that may help. One is the interdental toothbrush, or proxabrush. It has a small tuft of bristles that stick up all around, like a pipe cleaner. Use it gently and carefully to clean the tiny spaces under wires and around bands and brackets.

Another special cleaning tool is the oral irrigator or “water pick.” This device shoots a small stream of pressurized water at your teeth, which can help dislodge bits of food that become trapped in nooks and crannies. While it’s easy to use, an oral irrigator isn’t a substitute for a toothbrush or dental floss — but when used along with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can be very effective.

Floss Fundamentals

To keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, you need to floss at least once per day. But how do you get floss under the archwire of your braces? It’s not so hard with the help of a floss threader. Using this device is somewhat like threading a needle: You pull one end of floss through the threader, and then push the threader — carrying with it the free end of the floss — under the archwire. Now grasp the floss on each end and slide it up and down the sides of both teeth, and all the way under the gums until you hear a squeaky sound. Finally, pull it out and use a new section of floss for the next area.

Full Disclosure

Ever wonder how effective your tooth-cleaning techniques really are? There’s an accurate way to tell, using special vegetable dyes called “disclosing solutions” or “disclosing tablets.” As they dissolve in the mouth, these dyes highlight plaque and food debris that brushing has missed. You can then easily remove the dyed spots — and you’ll know for sure if your oral hygiene methods need a little “brushing up.”

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy now is an investment in your future. It enables you to get the best results from your orthodontic treatment, and starts you toward a brighter smile that can last for a lifetime.