If the ends of your archwires are poking out and causing discomfort; there are several things you can do to help:
- Push the wire back into the tube using the disinfected eraser end of a pencil or a clean cotton swab.
- Place a ball of wax on the end of the wire to protect your gums.
If the wire needs to be cut, use clean disinfected nail clippers. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the clippers, and then trim the wire back to a comfortable length. You may need a mirror or a family member to assist you.