Dental wax is a tried and true method to prevent any pain or scraping associated with metal braces. What many people don’t know, however, is that the same dental wax can be used to combat discomfort associated with Invisalign. While it is true that clear aligners are more comfortable than braces, you’ll still have to deal with Invisalign sharp edges or irritation points that can become painful. Luckily, dental wax can solve many of the same problems with Invisalign that it can with metal braces. We’ve broken down some of the reasons and remedies for why your Invisalign hurts so you can enjoy a more comfortable treatment experience. So, let's get started learning about how you can use dental wax for Invisalign in our step by step guide.
Why Do I Need to Use Dental Wax for Invisalign Discomfort?
Not every step of the Invisalign process is comfortable; for those moments of irritation it is good to keep some dental wax on handIrregularities, buttons, or sharp edges on your clear aligners are often the cause of irritation.
1. Tray Placement is Slightly Off
It can take a bit of time for your teeth to adjust to a new set of clear aligners, especially early in treatment when your mouth is still adjusting to the experience. The first time you put on your trays, you may have a hard time ensuring they are ‘seated’ correctly on your teeth. Loose trays are a common cause of tongue and gum irritation, so before reaching for the dental wax, practice seating your trays with chewing exercises.
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2. Clear Aligner Sharp Edges
Sometimes, the edges of your clear aligners can be sharp and lead to Invisalign cutting your tongue and cheeks. While this is not a sign of a major issue with your aligners, it can get annoying. Thankfully, a bit of dental wax can easily cover the sharp edges, making your Invisalign experience much more comfortable.
3. Dental Wax Can Help With Speech Adjustment Process
Though Invisalign is practically invisible, you may notice some differences in your speech when you wear your first set of clear aligners. The gap that can occur between your clear aligners and your teeth sometimes leads to a temporary lisp. Thankfully, placing a small amount of dental wax over the gap can help.
4. Irritation Caused by Invisalign Buttons
If your treatment progress isn’t going to plan, your Orthodontist might recommend a type of Invisalign attachments called buttons, which are adhered to your trays to hold elastic hands to provide additional force while you wear them. Because they are adhered to your trays, they can cause the same kind of irritation associated with Invisalign sharp edges. Until your mouth adapts to these buttons, you can use some dental wax to protect your sensitive areas.
How to Properly Use Dental Wax for Invisalign
We break down how to properly apply wax for Invisalign pain reliefDental wax is a cheap and easy pain relief option for Invisalign users.
Now that we know some of the common causes for mouth, gum or tongue irritation, let's find out how to properly apply dental wax to experience Invisalign pain relief.
1. Make sure your teeth and aligners are clean before applying dental wax
Before you even grab your dental wax, you need to make sure that your teeth and gums are clean. Simply brushing and flossing your teeth before applying dental wax should be enough to prepare. If you have the time, rinse your mouth with a gentle mouthwash before applying the dental wax. Learning how to clean aligners properly is an important part of Invisalign comfort and hygiene as well. Once you are confident there aren’t any food particles or plaque hanging around your teeth or clear retainers, it's time to move on to the next step.
2. Ensure that the affected part of your mouth and aligners are dry before applying the wax
To make sure that the wax will actually adhere to your mouth, it is important to ensure that the area where you are applying the wax is dry. If your mouth and aligners are not dry when you apply the wax, it will fall off quickly. So, if the affected area is sufficiently dry, you are ready to move on to the next step.
3. Apply the Wax
Now that we have cleaned and dried the affected area along with our aligners, it’s time to apply the wax to your aligner. First, take a small piece of wax — the exact size will be determined by the affected area. Then, roll the wax between your fingers until it forms a small ball, then carefully place it on the affected area and spread it over the sharp edges. Once the wax is properly applied to your Invisalign, make sure it is comfortable. You may have to smooth the area with your fingers until you no longer feel any pain or irritation.
4. Safely Remove the Wax
Removing dental wax from your Invisalign is easy. All you have to do is manually remove the majority of the wax from your Invisalign or wherever you placed the wax to combat irritation. After removing the wax, brush around the area to make sure that no wax is still hanging around. And there you have it! By using dental wax, you can cut down on your pain and discomfort levels during Invisalign treatment.