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Information on the go

You still have a few questions? This is where you can find key information and facts on all aspects of orthodontic therapy.

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Tips & Tricks

First aid for loose and slipped archwires

Even with perfectly inserted braces a part may occasionally detach or slip. If the archwire is loose and threatens to slip out, these tips will help you:

If the archwire has popped out of the clips when using self-ligating wires, you can try to clip it in again with your fingers. Important: Always arrange an SOS appointment with your orthodontist to get the wire swapped as fast as possible.

Always arrange an SOS appointment with your orthodontist to have the wire replaced as fast as possible.

Fits – or loose and has room? SOS tips in the event of brace damage

Although braces are attached securely to the tooth surfaces with a special adhesive, a brace may detach in rare cases. To remove the loose brace, simply try to remove the small rubber band that attaches the arch to the brace. If the loose brace still has a stable mounting under the archwire, you can leave it there for the time being.

The following applies to loose or damaged braces: Arrange an SOS appointment with your orthodontist as fast as possible to ensure continued success for your therapy! If you have removed the loose brace, bring it to the appointment anyway.

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