When you have braces, there is no guarantee that every piece of equipment in your mouth will stay perfectly in tact. This is why it is important to make sure that you know what to do when something gets shifted out of place, like a loose wire. When it does, it is crucial to know the best way to cover that wire until we have a time slot available for you. Our team will work hard to see you as soon as possible, but until then, knowing the best way to prevent snagging your lip or tongue, or causing other wires coming loose, is important for the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the integrity of the braces.

Use these tips to make sure that loose wire does not fall out or damage your teeth, gums or braces any further:

  • Gently push the wire back using a cotton swap or pencil eraser. You want to keep it as closely pushed up against the tooth as possible. If you’re unable to get the wire to push back far enough, cover it with wax so that it creates a comfortable buffer between your gums and the inside of your mouth.
  • Call the orthodontist as soon as possible to schedule a time when you can come in and have the wire taken out and replaced with a new one. You want to ensure that you protect your mouth and this can help you do so.


If you have a loose wire or need a consult, contact the best dentist in Gastonia to have us provide the services you’re in need of. We can ensure that you’re happy with the outcome and create a plan that is tailored to the specific needs that you have. Call our office here at Gaston Orthodontics and we can schedule you for an appointment!