How to Fix a Broken Braces Wire

Braces make our smiles cuter, hold our teeth in place, and are used to fix many teeth issues such as anatomical biting. But they are difficult to maintain and require regular appointment with your dentist. There are many known issues with braces such as; brackets can pop up, a back door opens, or and elastics fibre gets loose, or worse any of these things happening on a weekend or a holiday.

There are actually many kinds or levels of damage to the braces. Depending on the level of damage you may or may not be able to fix the braces yourself.


  • 1

    Analyse what type of damage has your braces suffered. They can be categorized in the following categories.

    Minor: aesthetic (visual damage)

    Medium: the wire came out of its place

    Serious: The wire has been damaged, broken, twisted, or has formed a knot in it.

    Major: Wire has been broken in multiple places, has left the bracket all together, and is damaging your teeth or gums.

  • 2

    There is no need to worry about the minor damage. It will not cause you any harm, except that the braces will lose their shine.

  • 3

    If your braces fall under the medium category, you require a few repairs. Use a mirror and set of small clean tweezers to fix the problem. It is better to take the braces off and then try the repairs. However, if you cannot solve the problem, call your dentist and set up an appointment within the next fortnight.

  • 4

    If your braces lie in the serious category then it’s time to get serious. The damage should not be categorized as serious if it’s bent or twisted in a way such that it can be fixed with your bare fingers. Use a mirror and re-align the braces wire with the help of the proper tool set. Also try to find out the reason that how did it got damaged in the first place. Were you chewing a steel wire or something?

  • 5

    Set an appointment with your orthodontist within the next 3-4 days and get your braces fixed or it may damage your gums permanently.

  • 6

    If your braces are massively damaged, there is nothing you can do, just leave it alone. Set up an emergency appointment with your dentist and get your braces fixed immediately.

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