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I have a Loose Wire on my Braces! What Should I Do?

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I have a Loose Wire on my Braces! What Should I Do?

If you have braces, it's possible that one of the wires may become loose during your orthodontic treatment. If this happens, make an appointment with your orthodontist. Meanwhile, here’s what to do.


Put the Wire Back

If the wire has simply bent out of position, for instance while you were chewing, you can just use your finger to push the bowed wire back into place. If you can’t get it back into position with your finger, try a toothpick or eyebrow tweezers instead. Just be careful not to jab your gums!

Bend the Wire

If the wire is jutting out in such a way that it pokes the inside of your cheek, try bending it into a more comfortable position. You can use a few different tools for this; anything from a blunted toothpick to the eraser end of a pencil will do!

Make it Comfortable

If the wire just refuses to cooperate, just try your best to make yourself comfortable until your appointment.

Place some gauze, a cotton ball or some dental wax over the troublesome 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 hurting you in any way, you should still make an appointment to get it fixed, but otherwise you don't need to worry about it. Just be careful when you chew.


For more information about orthodontic emergencies, read on here, or get in touch with Langley Orthodontics today!

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