Separators (for Metal Expanders)
Orthodontic separators, also known as spacers, are rubber bands which make room for the metal bands we will fit around your teeth if you are getting an appliance (these are not needed if you are just getting braces). Here are some guidelines for you to follow to take proper care of your separators:
- Brush carefully after each meal, including the teeth that have the separators between them. Avoid using dental floss between the teeth that have the separators.
- Avoid chewing gum, candy or anything sticky that could pull your separators out.
Separators may make your teeth sore and tender for the first day or two. This is a normal reaction for teeth that are moving. An over the counter pain reliever such as Tylenol often helps relieve the discomfort. Consult your physician if you have any questions regarding the best medication. If a separator comes out and it is not lost or swallowed (they pass easily through the digestive system), rather than coming back to the office, you may wish to try to replace it yourself by using two pieces of dental floss as follows:
- Using the dental floss as a handle, gently slip the separator between the teeth until it is in place and then slowly pull the floss out by one end.
Sometimes, so much space is created that the separator is difficult to keep in. If this is the case, wait for one day for the space to close slightly before trying to replace it. Separators are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. They will make your first banding appointment much more comfortable for you if they are left in place. If one or more falls out and you are unable to guide it back in, please call the office so we can replace them in a timely manner.
For further information about how Drs. Jasmine Gorton and Bill Schmohl can make space for your teeth or any other questions you may have, visit the FAQ page or contact us here where our friendly team will be happy to help you.