Keeping Comfortable with Dental Wax for Invisalign

Our Top Tool for an Easy Treatment

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Dental wax is a common tool for patients to make their braces more comfortable, but did you know that you can also use wax on Invisalign trays? Invisalign is known for being a flexible, custom-tailored, and comfortable treatment option, but sometimes even clear aligners can rub you the wrong way. And that’s where dental wax for Invisalign comes in.

Orthodontic wax can make your already-awesome trays even better, preventing gum irritation and softening tray edges. At Pachter Orthodontics, transforming smiles is simple with clear aligners – and wax could make your orthodontic treatment that much easier! Keep reading to find out about wax for Invisalign and the best times to use it.

What is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is a soft coating that protects your gums from sharp edges, and it’s safe to use with any type of orthodontic treatment. The most common types of orthodontic wax are carnauba wax, beeswax, paraffin wax, and other kinds of synthetic or natural waxes. If you’re using clear aligners like Invisalign, dental wax can help you feel more comfortable. If your dental aligners are new and the edges are still a little sharp, coating the pokey bits in wax will help smooth out the surface and keep your trays from biting back.

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The Wonderful World of Wax

Though clear aligners are worlds different from braces, we often use orthodontic wax on Invisalign and braces for the same reasons: sore gums and cheeks. Though it won’t happen often with your aligners, sometimes trays can rub on your tongue, cheeks, or gums while you’re getting used to them. A little wax will go a long way when smoothing the edges of your Invisalign.

Another great use for wax with Invisalign is during the “fitting” process. During the first several days of getting your new aligners, they might not sit comfortably on your teeth. During this time, your trays can rub on your gums, cheeks, and tongue while they settle into their new spot. In these cases, dental wax and Invisalign chewies can help any patient make the transition to new trays.

How Often Should You Use Wax with Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces, but there may be times when your clear aligners can feel funky in your mouth. This discomfort could be caused by a number of things – whether it’s brand-new aligners or some unfortunate soreness from the edges of the trays. Use wax whenever your mouth starts to get irritated or when you’re changing to a new set of aligners.

However, Invisalign trays are custom-tailored to fit your mouth and move your teeth, so most of your treatment shouldn’t require much use of orthodontic wax. If you find that your mouth is hurting all the time or it takes more than a few days to get used to your new trays, make sure to call your Middletown orthodontist for a check-up.

Invisalign, the Clear Choice for Moving Teeth

Interested in Invisalign? At Pachter Orthodontics, we’re always helping patients find their dream smile – and that means using Invisalign for a discrete, easy treatment. Find out if Invisalign clear aligners are the right choice for your orthodontic care and schedule your smile assessment with our expert team today!

Are you ready to bring home a bold, bright smile? If the answer is “yes,” then it’s time to put some Pachter POsitivity in your life and talk to us about Invisalign for you!