Separators

 

Separators (spacers) are small rubber bands, or occasionally wires, that go in-between your teeth to make room for orthodontic bands if they are needed during your treatment. It is very important that the separators stay in place until you come back to get your bands on. There are some things you need to do to make sure they stay in.

  • Please do not eat anything sticky like caramel, taffy, tootsie rolls, Gummy Bears, etc.
  • Please do not chew gum.
  • Do not floss between the teeth where the separators are located.
  • Do not pick at the separators with your fingers or anything else, like toothpicks. It is easy to mistake a spacer for food caught between your teeth, so be careful.

Brush your teeth as you normally do; a Waterpik should be fine if you normally use one. Initially, some people notice soreness in the areas where the separators are present due to the pressure they put on the teeth. Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Motrin as needed during this short period of initial discomfort. However, most people have no difficulty with the separators. They will be removed when your bands are placed.

If separators should fall out:.

  • Step 1 - Get two pieces of floss and the separator.
  • Step 2 - Thread the two pieces of floss through the separator and then wrap the floss strings around your first fingers.
  • Step 3 - Pull fingers away from each other so the separator is now almost flat and tension is created.
  • Step 4 - Just as you would floss between your teeth, gently work the separator between your teeth. After you have pulled the separator between the teeth, slide the floss out, making sure that you can see half of the separator above the point of contact between the teeth. Sometimes it is necessary to hold your finger over the separator when you pull the floss out.

If you are unable to replace a separator that has come out, or if one is accidentally lost, please call our office and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to replace it for you.