What should i do if braces wire came out

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What should i do if braces wire came out


If your braces wire has come out, it's important to address it promptly to avoid discomfort or potential damage to your braces or teeth. Here's what you can do:

  1. Don't Panic: While it can be uncomfortable, it's usually not an emergency situation.
  2. Check for Damage: Look in the mirror to see if the wire has broken or if any parts of the braces are loose or damaged.
  3. Temporary Relief: If the wire is poking or causing discomfort, you can try using orthodontic wax (usually provided by your orthodontist) to cover the sharp end temporarily. This will prevent it from irritating your cheeks or gums until you can see your orthodontist.
  4. Contact Your Dentist or Orthodontist: Call your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. They will be able to assess the situation and make any necessary adjustments or repairs.
  5. Avoid DIY Fixes: It's important not to try to fix the wire yourself, as this can lead to further damage or complications.
  6. Follow dentist advice: Follow any instructions given by your dentist after they assess your braces. They may need to make adjustments or replace parts of your braces to ensure they continue working effectively.


Braces can break or become damaged for several reasons:

  1. Eating Hard or Sticky Foods: Chewing on hard foods like nuts, ice, or candies, or eating sticky foods like caramel or chewing gum, can put excessive pressure on your braces and cause them to break.
  2. Incorrect Eating Habits: Not following your orthodontist's guidelines on what foods to avoid or how to eat with braces can lead to damage.
  3. Accidents or Trauma: Physical impact, such as a fall or a blow to the face, can cause braces to break or wires to come loose.
  4. Poor Oral Hygiene: Neglecting proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, can lead to plaque buildup around the braces, weakening the adhesive and causing brackets to come off.
  5. Not Following Dentist Instructions: Ignoring instructions on how to care for your braces, such as not wearing a mouthguard during sports activities, can increase the risk of damage.
  6. Wearing Braces for a Long Time: In some cases, wearing braces for an extended period without maintenance or adjustments can lead to wear and tear, causing them to break or become less effective.

It's essential to follow your orthodontist's advice, practice good oral hygiene, and be mindful of what you eat to minimize the risk of braces breakage.


Fixing a broken braces bracket typically requires professional assistance from your orthodontist. However, there are a few steps you can take before your appointment:

  1. Assess the Damage: Check if the bracket is completely off or partially detached. If it's partially detached but still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it's completely off, you can remove it from the wire to prevent it from moving around and causing discomfort.
  2. Orthodontic Wax: If the broken bracket is causing irritation or discomfort, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the area temporarily. This will help prevent the bracket from rubbing against your cheeks or gums.
  3. Contact Your Dentist: Call your orthodontist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for repair. Explain the situation and follow their advice on what to do until your appointment.
  4. Avoid DIY Fixes: It's important not to try to fix the broken bracket yourself using glue or other household materials. Improper fixes can lead to further damage or complications with your braces.
  5. Follow Dentist or Orthodontist Instructions: Follow any instructions given by your dentist after they assess the broken bracket. They may need to replace the bracket or make other adjustments to ensure your braces continue working effectively.


Fixing broken braces without seeing a dentist or orthodontist is not recommended. While there are temporary measures you can take to alleviate discomfort, such as using orthodontic wax to cover a sharp edge or securing a loose bracket with dental wax, these are not permanent solutions. Attempting to fix broken braces on your own can lead to further damage or complications with your orthodontic treatment.

Here are some reasons why it's important to see a dentist or orthodontist for broken braces:

  1. Professional Assessment: A dentist or orthodontist can properly assess the extent of the damage and determine the best course of action for repair.
  2. Proper Tools and Materials: Dentists and orthodontists have the specialized tools and materials needed to repair broken braces effectively.
  3. Prevention of Complications: Improperly fixed braces can lead to issues like misalignment, discomfort, or damage to your teeth and gums. Professionals can ensure that your braces are functioning correctly and that your treatment progress is not compromised.
  4. Expertise: Dentists and orthodontists have the training and expertise to handle various orthodontic problems and provide personalized care based on your specific needs.

If you have broken braces or any other orthodontic issue, it's best to schedule an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible. They will be able to address the problem and ensure that your orthodontic treatment continues smoothly.

Kanata South Dental professional team would be happy to help you for your broken braces. You can reach out to us at 613-519-1400 or email us at [email protected].

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