About loose and/or broken braces or wires:
Most loose or broken appliances do not require emergency attention.
Take the following actions at home until your child can visit his or her orthodontist:
- If the broken appliance or wire can be removed easily, take it out.
- If the appliance cannot be easily removed, cover any sharp, protruding area with gauze, cotton balls, chewing gum or wax provided by your orthodontist.
- Make an appointment with your child’s orthodontist to repair or replace the broken appliance.