Separators (Spacers)

Your orthodontic treatment has now begun. The first step is “separation”, which started today. During the next few days, you may experience some discomfort as the teeth begin their initial movements. Generally, the discomfort is mild and subsides after a couple of days. Common pain relievers, such as Advil or Tylenol, can be taken if needed. The teeth will mainly be sore when biting teeth together or chewing. You may wish to eat soft foods which don’t require a lot of chewing.

In the coming week, before your banding appointment, it is possible that a separator may come out on its own. Although unlikely to occur, this simply means that sufficient space has been obtained for “banding.” We recommend that you call the office if a separator should come out more than one day before the next appointment so we may evaluate the need to replace it. To minimize this possibility, please:

  • Avoid sticky foods (for example: candy and gum) that could pull the separator out of place.
  • Avoid flossing in these areas.
  • Brush gently but thoroughly.
  • Leave the separators in place even though they may feel loose.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.