Loose brackets, wires or bands
If your braces have come loose in any way, please contact us so we can determine the appropriate next steps.
If a loose bracket has rotated on the wire and is sticking out, we should schedule an appointment to fix right away. You can fix it temporarily using sterile tweezers to gently guide it back into its proper position. However, take care to prevent swallowing it or causing other injury.
Occasionally, the end of a wire will poke out and cause irritation. Use a cotton bud or a pencil to gently push the wire flat against the tooth, or cover it with wax for immediate relief. If it’s really bothering you before your next scheduled appointment, contact us so we can clip the wire.
The tiny elastics that hold the wire to the braces are called ligatures. If one comes off you may be able to put it back into place with some sterile tweezers. Sometimes, when one ligature pops off, others follow, so be sure to examine all ligatures.
Missing or broken ligatures should be brought to our attention so that we can advise whether it is necessary for you to be seen sooner.
To avoid loose and damaged braces, we encourage wearing a mouthguard for contact sports/activities and avoiding hard, crunchy foods that can knock the brackets off your teeth.