What Happens When You Accidentally Eat The Wax From Your Braces?

Orthodontic wax can be a life-saver for those with braces, especially when you first get braces or have an adjustment done. According to Wees & Low Orthodontics, orthodontic wax is made from other natural waxes, such as beeswax, paraffin, or carnauba wax. The wax is used to help alleviate any pain or discomfort you may feel from braces. It essentially acts as a smooth barrier between your metal braces and mouth, so you don't have wires or other pieces poking you.

Some orthodontic waxes are flavored with mint, while others are flavorless. If you have a bracket causing problems, putting wax over the bracket can prevent further irritation or sores in that area, Texas Orthodontic Specialists reports. The warmth from your hands can soften the wax, making it easier for you to apply.

Before applying orthodontic wax, be sure to wash your hands and brush your teeth to prevent any unwanted bacteria from entering your mouth. Allow your mouth, particularly the irritated area, to fully dry, and then place softened wax on the problem bracket. The wax will stick to the bracket better if it's dry instead of wet.

What to do if you swallow orthodontic wax

It can feel scary swallowing something that may not be edible. However, there's no need to panic if you accidentally swallow orthodontic wax. The waxes that make up orthodontic wax are natural and non-toxic, making it safe if accidentally ingested, Wees & Low Orthodontics reports. Orthodontic wax typically stays put when first applied, but it can slowly break down or fall off over time.

For example, some people choose to eat with their orthodontic wax on, while others remove it before a meal. Orthodontic patients may also choose to leave wax on overnight to feel relief from irritation. 

Proper care and treatment will go a long way to make sure your mouth stays as healthy as possible with braces. According to Thomas Orthodontics, don't reuse your orthodontic wax, and replace it as often and needed. Using orthodontic wax overnight allows your mouth's sore spots to heal longer, but never leave wax in one spot for more than two days without changing it to prevent infection.