How To Use Wax For Braces? 

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Sometimes, the individual brackets or wire ends of braces can rub against your cheek, causing discomfort, especially when you first get them or after adjustments. To ease irritation and pain during this adjustment period, ortho wax can be applied to the troublesome areas. It also comes in handy if a bracket or wire shifts out of place, providing temporary relief until you can get it fixed. This article explores how to use wax for braces, so let’s get started. 

What is Braces Wax?

Braces wax, also called Orthodontic Wax or dental wax, is a special kind of wax made to ease discomfort from braces rubbing against the mouth. When braces wires start to hurt the soft tissues of the mouth, this wax is applied to make a barrier between the wires and your mouth. This barrier helps stop the braces from hurting your mouth more, giving your sores time to heal.

Why Use Wax for Braces?

  1. Reduces Discomfort: Braces can sometimes cause temporary discomfort, especially when they’re adjusted or new wires are put in. Wax helps by stopping the braces from rubbing against your mouth.
  2. Promotes Healing: By forming a protective layer, wax allows existing sores and cuts to heal without more irritation.
  3. Improves Eating: Sharp wires or brackets can make eating difficult. Wax smooths out these irritations and makes eating more pleasant.
  4. Provides Peace of Mind: Knowing you have an easy solution to minor brace-related issues can be comforting.

How to Put Wax on Braces? 

Step 1: Keep Your Hands and Teeth Clean

Wash your hands and brush your teeth well to avoid getting any infections.

Step 2: Prepare Your Braces

Before applying braces wax, make sure your braces are dry. You can use a tissue to dry them if needed.

Step 3: Find Painful Spots

Check your inner cheeks and lips for areas where the wires of the braces are causing discomfort.

Step 4: Apply Wax Carefully

Take a small amount of wax and roll it into a ball. Warm the wax for about 5 seconds. A small ball, like a popcorn kernel, is usually enough. Don’t use too much wax.

Step 5: Ease Discomfort

Put the small ball of wax on the painful area. Gently rub it in. You can also place wax on troublesome brackets or wires to create a barrier.

Step 6: Let the Wax Work

Give the dental wax some time to soothe your sore spots. Soon, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable experience with your braces.

How to Remove Wax From Braces?

Orthodontic wax will naturally loosen and come off your braces over time. But if you want to remove it sooner, you can gently use your fingers or a toothpick. If the wax is stubborn, dental floss can help to carefully dislodge it without harming your braces or teeth.

Closing Thoughts

And there you have it – your guide to using wax for braces like a pro. With a little bit of wax and a whole lot of care, you can make your brace-wearing journey a whole lot smoother. So go ahead, stick on some wax, and keep smiling!



  1. Can I sleep with wax on my braces?
    Applying wax to your braces before sleeping creates a soft barrier between them and your mouth, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep and a refreshed morning. Most waxes used are non-toxic, like paraffin, beeswax, or carnauba wax, so swallowing a bit accidentally is safe during sleep.


  1. What happens if you swallow dental wax?
    Swallowing dental wax is entirely safe, and even if you accidentally swallow some, it’s okay. Some waxes might even have a pleasant flavor like mint or other natural ingredients. As the wax naturally wears off your braces, it may flake away – a normal process that poses no harm. If your braces become uncomfortable, simply apply another layer.


  1. Can you eat with wax on your braces?
    Sure, you can eat with wax on your braces, but we don’t suggest it. Here’s why:
  • The wax might mix with your food, affecting its taste.
  • Your food might stick to the wax, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Drinking liquids could loosen the wax.
  • Eating or drinking with wax increases the chance of accidentally swallowing it.


  1. Can I use candle wax instead?
    Candle wax won’t work for braces. Braces wax is specially made to stick to braces without leaving much residue. It’s safer too, as candle wax may contain harmful chemicals and fragrances.


  1. Can you reuse dental wax?
    Some have asked if they can reuse dental wax. Technically, you can, but it’s not a great idea. Dental wax collects bacteria and plaque just like your teeth. Reusing it means reintroducing these nasties into your mouth. It’s better to toss used wax and grab a fresh piece from the store. You’ll find dental wax in any major retailer’s oral care section.


  1. What are substitutes for braces wax?
    The top alternative to brace wax is dental silicone wax. You can also use beeswax or cheese wax, which are commonly found at home. While brace wax is ideal for protecting your mouth’s soft tissue from braces, these alternatives can be helpful if you run out of wax and need to shield your cheeks and gums from rough or broken braces or wires.


  1. Is brace wax edible?
    Yes, brace wax is made from edible materials, so it’s safe to use. If accidentally swallowed, it’s generally harmless, but it shouldn’t be intentionally consumed.


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