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?

It's not uncommon for wires on braces to 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 place, you can simply just pus h it back with your finger. If you can’t get it back into position with your finger, a small instrument like a toothpick or tweezers may help. Just be careful not to jab your gums!

Bend the Wire

If the wire protrudes out of place and is scraping your cheek, you can bend the wire. 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 to the eraser end of a pencil; anything that's not sharp or pointy will do the trick.

Make it Comfortable

If the wire just refuses to cooperate, then the goal is just to make yourself comfortable until your appointment.

Apply some gauze, a cotton ball or some 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 Coquitlam Family Orthodontics today!

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