How do I use that braces wax?

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.  Orthodontists are able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite — meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw.  A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.  This can enhance your dental health and your overall health and improve self-esteem.

Patients with braces face a unique set of challenges during their treatment.  There are specific guidelines for foods that can be eaten and techniques for maintaining proper oral hygiene.  Even patients who follow all of the prescribed guidelines will occasionally encounter an unexpected problem with their braces.  Sometimes a bracket or band will become loose.  Sometimes a wire will break or stick out from the brackets or bands.  Sometimes a wire can even detach from the brackets.  Always call our office if you encounter any of these problems but often a temporary solution can be achieved using orthodontic wax.  Every patient is given a box of this wax when they get their braces and it is sold in most drug stores and supermarkets.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of how orthodontic wax should be used.  Break a small amount of wax (approximately the size of a pea or bean) from the stick and roll it in your fingers to warm and soften it.  Then firmly press the softened wax against the area of the braces that is protruding or broken.  Once placed, it will cover sharp edges and stabilize loose pieces of wire or bracket.  Call our office after the wax is placed and schedule an appointment for evaluation.


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Since 1972, Salem Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic Associates has provided comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence including those with special health care needs. We proudly serve the communities of Salem, Lynn, Peabody, Danvers, Marblehead, Swampscott, Beverly, and many more.
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