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Things you need to Know about Spacers for Braces
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Things you need to Know about Spacers for Braces

Spacers for Braces Care – Before braces are fitted into your mouth, orthodontics usually suggest wearing spacers. They are also known as orthodontic separators. Spacers for braces are worn prior to having braces fitted. They have round shape like rings which are simple in design. The color is blue and it is elastic. These small rings are inserted between your teeth. Spacers are necessary to force a bit of space between molars. Before having braces fitted, the molars should be not too tightly set against each other so when the braces are moving your teeth gradually, your molars won’t be forcefully moved even more snugly against each other.

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What are Spacers for Braces

Without wearing spaces, the movement of the molars can cause pain and discomfort. This forceful movement even can lead cavities of the molars. Spacers are fitted into your mouth by an orthodontist. He will stretch the spacer, insert it between your molars, and finally release it as it gets the right position. This procedure is quite simple but some patients feel uncomfortable when their spacer is being fitted due to the sense of pressure during the fitting. Some patients also feel pain, especially during the first 24 hours. The discomfort can continue up to a week and even more. The pain is described as a toothache-like sensation. Some others only experience a minor annoyance that lasts not long.

Not all people who want to get braces have to use spacers. They are aimed to provide extra space between teeth. If there is adequate space between them, there is no need to use spacers. Separators for braces are usually worn for one to two weeks or until they can make enough room between molars. In some cases, orthodontists will ask their patients to continue wearing spacers even when braces are already put on.

For those who experience discomfort after having spacers fitted, there are several ways to ease the pain and soreness. Dietary changes and pain medication can effectively manage the discomfort. If your orthodontist does not prescribe analgesic medication, you can simply buy over the counter painkillers such as Mefenamic Acid, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. In addition to analgesic medication, you should change your diet. Avoid hard foods because chewing tough food can add pressure to teeth and irritate gums. Instead, eat soft foods like soups, porridge, and pudding. Also, do not eat sticky foods. They can stick to the spacer and pull it off so it falls out. When it happens, the spacer needs to be refitted. In addition, always brush your teeth like usual. Flossing is allowed but does not floss vigorously between teeth as this can dislodge them from a fixed position.

Spacers are removed from mouth before braces are fitted. While it is said before that the initial spacer fitting is painful, spacer removal procedure is less painful. The removal is done by an orthodontist in a dental office. Your orthodontist will tell you when the spacer should be removed. They may fall out on their own. You do not need to worry as it sometimes happens. Just let your orthodontist know about that.

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