Why: Separators are elastic circles that we use to make space around your molars prior to placing orthodontic bands are your molars. We put them in by flossing them between the contacts of your teeth where additional space is needed. You might feel slight pressure because of the rubber band squeezing between your teeth. Between the appointments we will ask you not to floss or pick at their separators. It is also important to avoid chewy, sticky food as this can dislodge the elastic separator. If a separator falls out, this is normal – it just means that enough space has been created. If this happens, please call us and we can schedule you to have your separator replaced before your next visit.
What to Expect: The separators feel a little bit like you have a piece of food stuck between their teeth. Patients may notice that they have a brief soreness from the slight tooth movement and pressure. If you have any discomfort during this process you take over the counter pain medication such as Advil.
How Long: Your separators will stay in until we take them out at your next visit, typically around a week!