Accidentally Swallowing Braces Wire: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally swallow a braces wire, it will most likely pass through your body naturally and harmlessly. However, you should watch out for any symptoms of complications and see your orthodontist to fix your braces.

A braces wire is a thin metal wire that runs through the brackets attached to your teeth.

It is used to apply force and correct the alignment of your teeth.

If you accidentally swallow a braces wire, don’t panic. Most of the time, the wire will pass through your digestive system naturally and end up in the toilet.

Your stomach acids will dissolve as much of the wire as they can, and the rest will not harm your intestines or rectum.

This is because the wire is made of stainless steel, nickel-titanium, or beta-titanium alloys.

These metals are biocompatible and corrosion-resistant, meaning they do not react with your body fluids or tissues.

They can also bend and flex without breaking, which reduces the risk of perforation or obstruction.

It is quite uncommon to swallow a braces wire due to its size and shape.

However, it may happen if you bite into hard or sticky foods that can dislodge the wire from the brackets, or if you poke or prod at your braces with your fingers or other objects.

You can prevent any complications by being cautious of any symptoms you experience after swallowing a wire.

If you have pain when swallowing, chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe stomach pain, or abdomen pain, you should seek medical attention immediately.

These could be signs that the wire has become lodged somewhere in your body and needs to be removed surgically.

To avoid accidental swallowing, you should follow the instructions of your orthodontist and avoid eating foods that can damage your braces.

You should also avoid touching your braces with anything other than your toothbrush and floss.

If your wire becomes loose or broken, you should contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to have it fixed or replaced.

Finally, remember, a braces wire is an important part of your orthodontic treatment and should be handled with care.

Swallowing a wire is rare and usually harmless, but it can delay your progress and cause discomfort.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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