What To Do About a Loose Wire on Your Braces

What To Do About a Loose Wire on Your Braces

During your orthodontic treatment, the sires on your braces may occasionally become loose. If this happens, make an appointment with your orthodontist. Meanwhile, here’s what to do.

Put the Wire Back

If a wire gets bent out of position, try pushing it back with your finger. If you can’t get it back into position this way, use small instrument, like a toothpick or tweezers. Just be careful not to poke your gums!

Bend the Wire

If the wire sticks out in such a way that it is scraping your cheek, you can try bending it. You'll just want to get it out of the way until you can see your orthodontist. Try bending it into a more comfortable position with a blunted toothpick or the eraser end of a pencil; any tool that is not sharp or pointy will do the trick.

Make it Comfortable

If the wire just refuses to cooperate, then your goal will be just to make yourself comfortable until your appointment at our office.

Place some gauze, a cotton ball or dental wax over the errant wire to create a barrier between it and the inside of your cheek.

Don’t Do Anything

If the wire isn’t poking the inside of your cheek or bothering you you in any way, just make an appointment to get it fixed, but otherwise leave it alone. Just be careful when you chew.

For more information about orthodontic emergencies, read on here, or get in touch with Dr. Aly Kanani today!

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