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What You Should Do When Your Orthodontic Band Is Loose February 28, 2018

What You Should Do When Your Orthodontic Band Is Loose

When you have an loose orthodontic band, the first thing that you should do is call your orthodontist. A loose band can be a dangerous situation. Unlike a loose orthodontic bracket that stays attached to the wire when it becomes loose, a loose orthodontic band can lift off the tooth very easily because it is not generally attached to the archwire with an elastic or wire ligature.

If the band comes off the tooth, you could swallow it or choke on it. Thus, the loose band becomes a serious chocking hazard.

If an orthodontist is unable to see you shortly after your orthodontic band becomes loose, here is what you can do in the mean time:

Try to lift the loose band off your tooth with your fingers, or use a clean pair of tweezers.

Ask someone close to you to remove the band for you by using the handle end of a toothbrush or a clean pair of tweezers to lift the band away from the tooth. Once you remove the orthodontic band, you should place it into a small plastic bag and bring it with you to your next dental appointment.

If your gum becomes irritated because the archwire that was anchored to the orthodontic band is now rubbing against it, take a clean pair of toenail clippers and cut the wire as close as you can to the bracket on the tooth next to the molar that the orthodontic band was removed from. Place a small amount of orthodontic wax on any sharp ends.