Separators, also known as spacers, are rubber bands or metal appliances that are used to create a space between the teeth. Because the molars in the back of the mouth are very close together, your orthodontist needs to create a space between your back teeth so the molar band can slide between them during your fitting appointment. Placing separators between them makes it easier for molar bands to fit comfortably at your next appointment.
Once the separators are in place, you may feel as if you have food stuck between your teeth. You will also most likely feel some discomfort, which usually lasts for a few days. You can use an over-the-counter pain medication to help with the irritation. If the pain does not get better or becomes worse, contact your orthodontist.
Spacers are not meant to be removed until your next orthodontist's appointment, but it is possible that they may come out on their own. This may mean that there is now enough space between your teeth. Call your orthodontist if this happens, as he or she may want you to come to the office for an additional appointment.
While you have separators, you can continue to eat your normal foods, but avoid sticky candy and gum. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid flossing the teeth with spacers or picking at those areas.
If you are interested in the process of getting orthodontic braces, contact a New York City orthodontist today. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and the staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists are available to answer any questions that you may have.