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Poking Wires

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Archwires & ligatures can sometimes poke into your lips and gums. This problem can often be fixed at home.

  • Use tweezers to re-insert archwires that have slipped out of the molar bracket.
  • Orthodontic wax can be used to cover archwires that stick out of the molar bracket (always check for poking wires before you leave our office).
  • Nail clippers can be used to clip broken archwires that are poking out if wax cannot ease your discomfort.
  • Use a pencil eraser to push in ligature wires that are causing lip or gum irritation.