How to Insert an Archwire into a Bracket at Home

Inserting an archwire into a bracket at home can be necessary when it comes loose unexpectedly. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you do it safely:
Insert an Archwire into a Bracket

Materials Needed:

          • Clean tweezers or orthodontic pliers
          • Orthodontic wax (optional)
          • Mirror
          • Hand sanitizer or soap


                  1. Sanitize Your Hands and Tools:

                    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
                    • Clean the tweezers or pliers with alcohol or soap and water to ensure they are sterile.
                  2. Locate the Loose Archwire:

                    • Use a well-lit mirror to clearly see the loose wire and the bracket.
                  3. Gently Guide the Wire:

                    • Hold the archwire gently with the tweezers or pliers. Carefully insert the wire back into the slot on the bracket.
                    • If the wire is difficult to maneuver, try slightly adjusting the angle, but be gentle to avoid damaging the wire or bracket.
                  4. Secure the Wire:

                    • Once the wire is in place, ensure it is properly seated in the bracket slot. Check for any protruding ends that might irritate your cheeks or gums.
                  5. Apply Orthodontic Wax (If Needed):

                    • If the wire is poking your cheek or gums, cover the end with orthodontic wax to prevent irritation.

                  When to Contact Your Orthodontist:

                              • Persistent Issues:
                                • If you cannot get the wire back into the bracket, or if it keeps coming out, schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.
                              • Pain or Discomfort:
                                • If the wire is causing significant pain or irritation, seek professional assistance promptly.

                              Preventive Tips:

                              1. Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods:

                                • These types of foods can dislodge wires and brackets.
                              2. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:

                                • Proper brushing and flossing techniques help prevent issues with your braces.
                              3. Regular Check-Ups:

                                • Keep regular appointments with your orthodontist to ensure your braces are functioning correctly.


                              While it is possible to insert an archwire into a bracket at home, it's important to do it carefully to avoid damage. Always contact your orthodontist if you experience any persistent problems or significant discomfort.
                              Author of the article: Evgenia Lebzak
                              25 July / 2023