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Braces, as normal as wearing jeans?

Nearly every other teen wears them, more and more grown-ups wear them and even your favorite stars: Braces are as normal to wear as jeans these days. So, you can just laugh back at people who tease brace-wearers, can't you?

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Keep cool! First aid tips for loose and slipped archwires


A part may occasionally detach or slip with fixed braces. If the archwire is loose and threatens to slip out, these tips are sure to help you:

Best ask your parents for help. 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.

Braces loose or wobbly? SOS tips in case you have brace damage


Although braces attach securely to tooth surfaces with a special glue, a brace may sometimes come off. To get the loose brace off, just try to remove the little rubber band that attaches the archwire to the brace. If the loose brace is still stable under the archwire, you can leave it there for the moment.

The following applies to loose or damaged braces: Get a quick SOS appointment with your orthodontist! If you have taken out the loose brace, bring it to the appointment anyway.

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