What is the Wax For Braces? All About Braces Wax

What is the wax for braces? How to put on braces wax?

Sometimes braces can irritate your cheeks. You may even have a wire poking you. The short-term solution is wax. The wax can stop pain until you are able to see your orthodontist to fix the poking wire. Also, it can help your cheek heal until your mouth gets used to the braces.

What is Braces Wax?

Orthodontic wax is made from natural ingredients like carnauba wax, beeswax, or paraffin wax. It was created to alleviate pain caused by the rubbing of braces. For example, the wax creates a barrier between the braces wires and the mouth. As a result, the wax reduces further injury and allows time for the soreness to heal. Braces wax is available in both tasteless forms and with various flavors like mint.

How to Put on Braces Wax?

The process for putting on orthodontic wax, whether to protect gums from new braces or cover a protruding wire, is as follows:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Brush your teeth.
  3. Pinch a small pea-sized piece of wax.
  4. Soften it by squeezing and rolling it into a ball, then slightly flatten the ball.
  5. Carefully place the wax on the affected area of the braces and use your tongue to adjust it if needed.

    If the wire continues to stick out or becomes misaligned, contact your orthodontist. If you run out of wax, you can purchase more at a pharmacy.
    Also, you can remove the wax using an interdental stick or floss, being careful not to harm your braces or gums.


Choosing the best specialist to meet your treatment needs is important. You need someone you can communicate with if your braces are bothering you. Our office strives to make you feel safe. Please contact us at Berkman+Shapiro Orthodontics to set up a consultation. Let’s meet and talk about an action plan for your orthodontic needs. We can’t wait to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, and hope to see you soon!