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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 your child's arch wire becomes loose and threatens to slip out, these tips will help you render first aid:

Try to push the detached arch back into the bracket with tweezers or a small pair of pliers. If this does not work, you can cover the pricking wire end with wax or a ball made of tissue paper.

Alternatively, you can also try to cut the wire end off with a pair of nail scissors behind the last brace. While doing so, you must hold the wire end to be detached with a pair of tweezers, because it can rebound and cause injuries.

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

SOS tips in the event of brace damage

Although braces are attached securely to your child's 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 ring that attaches the arch to the brace. If the loose brace still has a stable mounting under the arch wire, you can leave it there for the time being.

The following applies to loose or damaged braces: Arrange a prompt SOS appointment with your child's orthodontist to secure continued successful treatment! If you have removed the loose brace, your child should always bring it along to the appointment.

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