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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, there’s a good chance that you’ll experience a loose wire at least once during your orthodontic treatment. If this happens, make an appointment with your orthodontist. In the mean time, here’s what to do.


To start with, be sure make an appointment with our office as soon as possible so that we can fix your loose wire for you.

In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to prevent the wire from poking at the inside of your mouth.

Put the Wire Back

If the wire has simply bent out of position, say during chewing, simply use your finger to push the bowed wire back into place. If you can’t get it to work with your finger, try a toothpick or eyebrow tweezers instead.

Bend the Wire

If the wire is jutting out and poking at the inside of your cheek, try bending it out of the way, into a position in which it doesn’t poke you. 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 isn’t cooperating, the best you can do until your appointment is to make yourself comfortable.

You can place gauze, a cotton ball or some dental wax on the offending 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 causing you any pain, just make your appointment with us and don’t worry about it. Just be careful when you chew.


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

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