“Wax on. Wax off.”
OK, so Mr. Miyagi’s famous line in the film “The Karate Kid” wasn’t referring to actual wax. But his underlying message—that one can glean valuable lessons from simple tasks—is similar. Using orthodontic wax to prevent the gum and inner-cheek sores that braces can cause will make your life easier.
By emphasizing the importance of orthodontic care, the office of Orthodontics Inc. is dedicated to helping every patient enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. Our comprehensive program of preventive care is designed to protect your teeth and reduce the risk of dental disease.
Dental waxes are made out of beeswax, carnauba wax, omicrocrystalline or paraffin, and they frequently include extra ingredients that enhance their flavor and texture. All types are safe to have in your mouth or accidentally ingest bits that have fallen off. The wax is solid until warm hands soften and shape it to stick to the components of the braces—brackets, pins, wires or any other protrusion—that are irritating your gums and cheeks.
The wax is sold at drug stores and is easy to apply! Wash your hands, brush your teeth, roll a pea-sized piece of wax into a ball, flatten the ball and softly apply it to the part or parts of the braces that are irritating. Your tongue can help position the wax. If you’re using wax to “soften the blow” of a component that has moved out of place, contact your orthodontist so he or she can fix it.
Wear it for up to two days or until it falls out of place, whichever comes first. Immediately remove and replace wax with food stuck to it.
When you’re searching for an orthodontic practice that provides the topmost standard of personalized care, look no further than the office of Orthodontics Inc.. We offer an extensive menu of high-quality services for people of all ages. Our skilled team has your needs in mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.