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How to Remove Glue From Braces

Updated July 20, 2017

After a visit with the orthodontist, some teeth may still have some glue residue. This glue was what held the braces onto the teeth. The orthodonist or dentist can usually help get most of it off of your teeth, but there may be some left behind that you can remove at home.

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  1. Create a paste to brush your teeth with. Start with 2 tsp baking soda and slowly add 1/2 tsp of peroxide. Bubbling is normal.

  2. Dip the electric toothbrush's bristles into the paste before turning the toothbrush on.

  3. Brush your teeth over those with glue residue for two to three minutes. This will help soften the glue residue. It is OK to brush your other teeth since this mixture can help whiten teeth as well.

  4. Gently scrape the glue residue with the dental pick. Be extremely careful to not scrape off enamel during this process. All of the glue may not come off at first. Repeat if necessary to get rid of all the glue.

  5. Floss between teeth if there is glue crossing the space between teeth.

  6. Rinse your mouth out well to get rid of any of the glue that came off when picking and flossing. Repeat if necessary. It may take a few tries to get all the glue off. If there is still glue stuck to your teeth after several tries, consider calling your dentist to set up an appointment.

  7. Warning

    Do not swallow this paste! Contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 for an emergency in the United States if any amount is swallowed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Electric toothbrush
  • Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Dental Pick
  • Waxed dental floss

About the Author

Sarra Jackson majored in Gerontology at the University of North Texas. She has been freelance writing since 2006. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she writes for several other online websites and individuals covering multiple topics. Many of Jackson's articles pertain to real estate, family living, animals, and early childhood education.

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