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Separators / Spacers

Purpose:

Spacers will make it possible for Dr. Hoggan to place metal bands on your teeth as needed for braces or other orthodontic appliances.

Description:

Separators or spacers are tiny elastic rings or wedges that are placed between your teeth in order to create a small amount of space.

What To Expect:

Often your spacers will feel high, which means you will bite on them when they are first placed in between your teeth. They will settle into place as your teeth adjust. The first 24 hours after getting spacers is typically when you could feel any soreness, and usually only when you eat. You may still experience some minor soreness lasting 2-4 days. Also, you may notice subtle changes in your bite as the spacers create a little bit of space for your future braces or other appliances.

Care Instructions

You will need to continue to brush and floss like normal, except you don’t floss in between the teeth that have spacers. While the spacers are in your mouth you cannot eat any sticky foods, or chew any gum because these will pull your spacers out. Once the soreness from your spacers has dissipated, you will want to check each night to make sure they are still in their correct place.

Possible Problems

The most common issue is soreness when eating. This can be decreased by taking ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve) according to the recommended dosage. It is important to never pick at your spacers, or eat any sticky foods. Sometimes spacers do just fall out on their own, and if this happens just call our office before your next appointment so that we can replace it.

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