Sometimes you’ll have a wire that breaks, or sticks out in the back of your mouth. First, check the wire at the brackets. You may find that the wire sticks too far out from one rear bracket, and has become unattached from the opposite rear bracket. In that case, use tweezers to move the wire back into place, so it doesn’t stick out on either side.
Sometimes the wire sticks out on both sides. In that case, you can put special wax (provided by us when you get your braces) on each end of the wires to keep them from irritating your gums and mouth. Also make sure that the wax covers the rear brackets so it stays in place until your appointment, where we will clip the wires to the correct length.
In very rare situations, the longer wire may be causing severe pain by digging into your cheek – you can take care of it immediately by using a small wire cutter to snip the wire yourself. Be sure to see us ASAP so we can make sure the wire is correctly adjusted.