If you are experiencing mouth irritation due to braces, orthodontic wax may be able to provide some relief. This type of wax sticks to metal in order to help with pain.
Though braces are relatively comfortable, they can cause some irritation within the mouth due to the fact that they may rub against your cheeks, tongue or lips. Since braces cannot be removed during treatment, your mouth does not have a lot of time to heal. Many people often complain of a raw feeling inside of their mouth (usually, this feeling goes away after the first few weeks) that can be greatly eased when orthodontic wax is applied.
The wax itself is made from natural silicone, and it is safe enough to use inside of your mouth. Still, if you are experiencing any type of discomfort it is best to contact Dr. Boschken just to be certain that your braces are alright. Sometimes, it is possible to accidentally knock off a bracket while playing sports, chewing sticky foods, and eating hard substances. If this has happened, apply a bit of the wax to your braces in order to hold them in place until you can visit our office.
Orthodontic wax can be purchased at most grocery stores, pharmacies and online for a minimal cost (it usually comes in a double pack), or you can contact our office to pick up complimentary wax packets. We are always happy to give you wax to have on hand just in case something unexpected does happen with your braces. If you have never experienced any problems with your braces, don’t worry about any type of pain. Many people wear braces for years without any issue at all.
In fact, braces are really not as challenging for patients as they were many years ago. Since the technology involved in creating braces is always changing, these devices are really quite comfortable now. However, things do happen and braces can cause minimal discomfort occasionally. Either way, it is good idea to have various items on hand just in case you do experience some type of dental pain.
Orthodontic wax is one thing that everyone wearing braces should keep inside of their medicine cabinet. Though you may never need it, this substance can help you to feel better should you go through some slight tenderness. In the end, your braces will be removed and you will have a wonderful smile. Don’t be concerned if you happen to inadvertently swallow a small piece of wax as it is an all natural substance and will digest properly.
*Also, fyi...orthodontic wax adheres easier to a dry surface, so simply dry off your braces with a bit of tissue before appliying the wax to the area. You can always contact us if you need any additional assistance, we are always happy to be of service. (408) 225-6660