If a broken appliance can be removed easily, go ahead and take it out. If the appliance cannot be removed, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze, chewing gum, or the wax provided by your orthodontist. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, do not remove it. Take your child back to his/her orthodontic office. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother your child don't usually require emergency attention by your Orthodontist.


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