orthodontist may have told you that you need to have spacers
before your braces go on. What does this mean?
of your teeth may need brackets that are attached to metal
bands that go all the way around the tooth.*
Usually, the bands are used only on molars. If the space
between your molars is very tight, it will be difficult for
the orthodontist to put the bands on the teeth.
Therefore, space must be opened up to fit the bands in. This
is where spacers come in.
are little rubber nodules that fit between the teeth. In some
cases, your orthodontist may use a metal spacer, which looks
like a tiny metal hinge. The spacers stay between your teeth
for several days and move the teeth apart slightly. You wear
the spacers 24/7 until your orthodontist removes them. Do not
floss teeth that have spacers between them (it will be
spacers uncomfortable? Yes, they usually are. It feels like
you have something stuck between your teeth -- and you do! In
some cases it may be more than just uncomfortable; it may
ache. If so, take pain reliever (such as ibuprofen) as
usually stay between your teeth for several days; sometimes
for as long as 10 days. The spacers are taken out before your
braces are put on. The braces don't hurt like the spacers; in
fact, when the spacers are removed, it feels so much better,
even after the braces are put on!
people on Metal Mouth Forum have remarked that spacers were
the worst part of the entire process. Perhaps that's not very
encouraging, but remember, they're only in your mouth for a
short period of time. You can deal with it. They'll be in,
then they'll be out, and you'll be done with it. Hang in
there, you're on your way to a better smile! And if
those spacers really bug you, drop in to the Metal Mouth Forum
and spill your guts. We love to commiserate! :-)
do some teeth need metal bands instead of regular brackets?
Fillings. If you have a filling that protrudes to the outside
of your tooth, brackets cannot be glued to these fillings.
Therefore, a metal band must be wrapped around the tooth
instead. The bracket is attached to the metal band.
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