How To Fix A Poking Wire On Braces

Poking braces wire is a very common problem for braces wearer, and this happens to you suddenly, you must want to know, “How to fix a poking braces wire at home?”

You can fix poking braces wire using one of the following methods:

  1. Putting an orthodontic wax
  2. Pushing the wire away from cheek with a pencil eraser, spoon or cotton swab
  3. Bending the wire with tweezers or plier
  4. Cutting the wire with a nail clipper or fingernail scissors

You can fix the wire temporarily by using these methods, as you may not visit your orthodontist immediately.

But, it doesn’t mean, you don’t need to make an appointment. Your orthodontist must fix the braces wire permanently.

Here we have discussed in detail how to handle poking wires on braces at home easily.

A poking wire can cut your cheek or gums and make a sore or painful mouth.

So, we’ll also discuss how to get rid of sore or a cut from poking braces wires at home.

How to fix a poking braces wire at home?

Fixing poking braces wire
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You may have a poking braces wire because of biting on hard foods, poor tooth cleaning technique, an injury to braces, and other reasons.

It can happen suddenly and you may not make an appointment at that moment. The sharp end of the wire starts poking your cheek or gums.

So, it needs to repair. But, what to do when the wire of your braces is poking you?

You have to use simple tools that are available at home to fix the wire. However, you may need it to buy some tools from nearby dental stores.

Here are the methods and steps to fix a poking braces wire at home:

Technique 1: Putting an orthodontic wax

The easiest solution to a poking wire is to put it some orthodontic wax on top of it.

As a result, the sharp edge of the wire can not hurt your cheek, gums, or back of the mouth.

But, how to use the wax?

Here is the step by step guide to using wax on a poking braces wire:

1. Collect orthodontic wax.

You can collect the dental wax from your orthodontist. If you don’t have the wax at your home, you can buy it from a dental store. Ortho wax is available in a sheet form.

2. Wash your hands properly.

Wash hands nicely with soap and makes them try. Don’t touch it without cleaning your hand, as you have to keep it inside your mouth and dirty peace of wax isn’t good for your health.

3. Take a sheet of wax.

Take a clean wax and keep it in a clean place inside a box or packet. You need to take a small piece of wax from this sheet.

But, you can’t use a piece of wax that you previously used. Keep in mind that, you must maintain oral hygiene.

4. Cut a piece of wax.

Cut a piece of wax as much as you need to cover the poking wire by your fingers.

5. Make a wax roll.

Take it in the palm of the hand and roll it with fingers.

6. Wash your mouth thoroughly.

Before putting wax on the wire, brush, and floss your teeth properly to remove all the food debris.

If you put wax without washing your mouth, food debris and germs get stuck between the wax and tooth.

This leads to cavity formation and sensitivity of the tooth. So, be careful.

7. Dry the affected area.

After cleaning the mouth, dry the wire, brackets, and teeth. Hold your lips and cheek away from the area you have to put wax.

Air helps dry the surface in this way. However, you can use a sterile and clean gauze piece to dry it.

But, don’t use cotton, as it can get caught in the pokey wire.

8. Take help from a mirror.

Apply the wax on the poking surface of the wire by your hand. You can do it by looking at the mirror.

9. Apply the wax.

Take the wax on the tip of your finger. First, put it on the sharp pokey edge of the wire.

Then, gently press it until it covers the wire completely.

Make sure that it covers the poking end of the wire, as too much pressing can result in poking out wire through the wax.

It’s normal to feel a bit sore or pain after putting the wax, as it gives pressure on tooth and bracket.

But, it goes away over time.

10. Maintain the wax.

Replace the wax from time to time, at least 4 to 5 times a day. Discard the wax immediately that you have already used.

You should remove the wax while you eat to prevent yourself from swallowing it.

If you swallow a portion of wax accidentally, don’t get worried, as it doesn’t do any harm usually.

However, consult with your orthodontist if it happens.

Don’t brush or floss your teeth with wax on braces.

Don’t stop using the wax until you seek your orthodontist.

However, keeping the wax in the mouth for a long time and maintaining it can be a burden for you. So, make an appointment fast.

Technique 2: Pushing wire away from cheek with the eraser end of a pencil

If orthodontic wax can’t help you, you may ask, “How to fix a poking wire on braces without wax?”

You can use the eraser end of a pencil if you thin wire used for tightening is poking out of the bracket.

It’s not so good for the archwire, as it’s thick. So, it’s difficult to bend the archwire with this technique.

Moreover, you don’t have good access to the area as well because it remains in the back of the mouth.

Now, let’s know about the thin wire.

Here are the steps to fix a poking thin wire using the pencil eraser:

1. Take a clean pencil having an eraser.

Make sure the eraser end of the pencil is clean. It’s better to take a new pencil for that. You can also clean and dry the eraser end with soap before using it.

2. Take a mirror to look at the position of the wire.

Go in front of a mirror and then use the technique so that you don’t do any mistakes.

3. Pull your cheek with a clean hand

Wash your hand with soap. Then, grab the side of the cheek where the problem exists. Now, pull the cheek away to expose the area.

4. Touch the poking wire with the eraser end of the pencil

Hold the pencil with the other hand and touch the eraser end of the pencil to the poking end of the wire.

5. Push the wire gently away from the cheek

After touching the pokey end of the wire, put a gentle pressure, and tuck the wire away from the cheek and towards the brackets.

Try to place the wire under the archwire or neer the tooth.

However, you have to do it carefully so that it can’t cause other problems. This process only works with a thin flexible wire.

Technique 3: Pushing wire with cotton swabs or spoon

Follow the same procedure as you do with pencils. Speaking of a sterile instruction, there is another thing like a cotton swab.

Take a new cotton swab every time you use it for braces. It’s soft, so it doesn’t break the braces wire easily. It also doesn’t hurt you.

You can also the back end of a spoon. Wash it with soap nicely before using it.

You have to be very careful of using a spoon, otherwise, it may hurt your teeth or braces.

Technique 4: Bending the wire with tweezers

Sometimes a pencil can’t help you solve the problem of a poking wire. In that case, tweezer can be a great tool. You can grab the wire with it and move it freely.

It’s the best when archwire gets slipped out of the back bracket. You can also use it for thin ligature wire that’s poked out.

Moreover, tweezer can aid in fixing the ligatures or colorful elastic bands.

Here are the steps of using it to fix a poking braces wire:

1. Take a thin nosed tweezer.

Braces wire is thin and flexible with a small diameter. So, you need to pick a tweezer having a thin or pointed nose.

2. Clean the tweezer with antiseptics.

You shouldn’t use a dirty tweezer. You must sterilize it with antiseptic before using it.

3. Wash your mouth properly.

Before you fix braces wire, clean your mouth thoroughly and remove all food debris. Otherwise, food particles may remain under the wires.

4. Expose the area in front of a mirror

Pull your cheek outward and expose the area where you need to fix the wire. If you can’t do it on your own, you can take help from your family members or friends.

5. Grab the poking wire with the tweezer and move it

Use your dominant hand to hold the tweezer and other hands to move the cheek. Grab the head of the poking wire and bend or tuck it back toward the bracket or tooth gently.

Try to place the order pointed end of the wire under the bracket. If there is a slipped wire in the back bracket, place the end of the wire into the slot or tube of the bracket.

You can use the same method to fix broken braces laces, even if it happens in front teeth.

Just push the wire away from the lips or cheek to prevent it from hurting.

Be careful while you are pushing the wire to prevent it from breakage or cutting your cheek.

However, if you feel it’s a difficult task, visit your orthodontist to fix it.

Technique 5: Fixing poking wire with a braces pliers

Another instrument that you can use braces plier. It looks more professional. Though it needs expert hands, you can take help from your family members or you can do it yourself looking at the mirror.

1. Buy an orthodontic plier.

First of all, you have a buy a perfect sized braces plier from a dental store. As you have to pay more for this and it’s not so easy to perform fixing methods, tweezer can be the best option for you.

2. Sterilize the plier.

Use antiseptic to clean the braces plier. Never use unsterilized tools for your braces.

3. Bend and tuck the wire back with braces plier.

Hold the end of the wire with the plier and slowly bend to wire and push it away from the cheek. Don’t put an excess pressure, or you may break the wires or braces.

Method 5. Cutting braces wire at home

If the above methods do not work for you, you can think about cutting the wire. But, you may curious to know, “can I cut the wire on my braces?”

You can simply use a tool, which is available at home, such as a nail clipper or fingernail scissors. You can also buy a dental plier that’s used to cut dental wires cutter.

However, you should try with the nail clipper at first, because the orthodontic wire is thin and flexible and you can cut it easily with a nail clipper.

If you don’t face any serious problem, don’t cut the wire and wait till your next appointment with your orthodontist.

Even if you do, be careful that you don’t break the braces or wire and make the situation worse.

Now, let’s know about the technique.

1. Clean the nail clipper.

You must sterilize the nail clipper or scissors with antiseptic before inserting it in your mouth.

Use soap or handwash to wash it first. Then, apply antiseptic to sterilize it.

If you don’t feel comfortable to use the old one, buy a perfect sized nail clipper from the market.

Use this only for your braces. However, you must clean it every time before using it.

2. Hold the wire with hand or tissue paper.

When you cut the wire, you must hold the wire with your opposite hand, otherwise, the cut part of the wire can hurt your cheek or get swallowed. So, be aware of it.

You can also place a piece of gauze or tissue paper to prevent this from happening.

Perform this in front of a mirror. If you can’t do it on your own, ask someone to help you.

3. Cut the poking wire with a nail clipper

Don’t be hurry while cutting the wire with a nail clipper. Look at the site clearly and cut it gently.

After cutting, cut portion of wire will remain in your fingers, if you hold it nicely.

Make sure that, you don’t have any broken wire inside your mouth.

Use the same technique for a dental wire cutter or plier. But, you may not do it on your own.

You can take help from your family members.

Sometime, after you cut the wire, a pokey end of the wire may remain. Don’t force yourself to cut it.

In that case, put a piece of wax on it and wait for the next appointment with the orthodontist.

Can you cut braces wire with scissors?

You can use fingernail scissors to cut the poking or popped out braces wire.

Hold the wire in one hand and cut the wire gently with the scissors in the other hand.

Don’t let the wire get swallowed. You can also place a small gauze or tissue to hold the wire.

How to get rid of cuts or pain from a poking braces wire?

Here are the ways to get rid of the sore cheek or heal the cuts from poking braces wire:

1. Use a mouthwash solution.

Buy mouthwash and rinse your mouth with it to cure the sore or cut from the poking wire.

2. Rinse mouth with salt in lukewarm water.

If you don’t have a mouth wash, take a cup of lukewarm water and pour one teaspoon of salt in it.

Rinse your mouth for 60 seconds with it. Do it four to five times a day to heal cut or discomfort.

3. Stay away from hard, crunchy, and spicy foods.

Biting on a hard and crunchy food make the wire more pokey or loose. Moreover, it touches the cut area of the cheek and causes pain.

Spicy foods also hurt the area. So, avoid these foods.

4. Avoid acidic foods and drink.

Acidic food and drink cause a burning sensation of the cut area. Avoid drinks like fruit juice, soda, soft drinks, hard drinks, or sports drinks.

5. Take cold water or ice cream.

If you feel sore or pain, you can drink cold water or take ice cream to relieve the pain and discomfort. You can also suck on an ice cube without touching it in your teeth.

6. Use oral anesthetic gel.

If you feel too much pain, use oral anesthetic gel onto the cut area. But, take permission from your orthodontist before use it.


Poking braces wire can be fixed using orthodontic wax, pushing it away from cheek with a pencil eraser or cotton swabs and cutting it with a nail clipper or dental wire cutter

Though you can fix a poking braces wire at home, it’s not the permanent solution.

You should make an appointment as soon as possible to prevent any further issues like an error in tooth movement.