Separators

Separators-300x276 SeparatorsSeparators (also called spacers) are small blue rings made of rubber, which are placed between the back teeth (molars) to make room for bands.
The teeth at the back of your mouth are very close together, making it difficult to fit a band on your molars. As separators are made of rubber they apply a light pressure to the teeth, gently moving them apart. Usually separators will be placed one week before the application of braces, or prior to any other orthodontic appliances being fitted.
The separators will remain in place for approximately a week, prior to bands being placed on the back teeth. We recommend you check each day to ensure the separators are still in place. The blue separators should be visible between the back teeth – often one in front of the back tooth and another behind it.

Avoid Sticky Foods

To avoid dislodging or pulling out the separator it is important to avoid any sticky foods such as:

  • Minties
  • Toffees
  • Lollies
  • Chewing gum
  • Dried fruit

Brushing & Flossing with Separators

Ensure that you brush well around the separators, however avoid flossing in between the teeth where separators sit. As the separators sits in the gap between your teeth this may also dislodge the separator, preventing it from working effectively.
Separator fell out?
Don’t panic, this is not cause for concern. If the separators fall out naturally within a day or two of your next appointment this usually means they have worked and enough space has been made between the teeth.
We suggest that you call our reception to let them know, they will advise you on whether you need to come in to have them replaced. Often this is not necessary.
Experiencing Discomfort?
When they are first placed in the mouth, separators can feel quite strange – like food is lodged between the teeth. Your back teeth may also feel tender for up to 2-3 days after the separators have been put in place. This is quite normal, as the separators are moving the teeth to create room.
You can seek relief through a mild analgesic, such as Nurofen or Panadol. Remember to ask your parents first and always follow the directions on the packet, or talk to a pharmacist for further advice.
Stick to eating soft foods such as jelly, banana or ice cream to reduce any further discomfort.

Separator fell out?

Don’t panic, this is not cause for concern. If the separators fall out naturally within a day or two of your next appointment this usually means they have worked and enough space has been made between the teeth.

We suggest that you call our reception to let them know, they will advise you on whether you need to come in to have them replaced. Often this is not necessary.

Experiencing Discomfort?

When they are first placed in the mouth, separators can feel quite strange – like food is lodged between the teeth. Your back teeth may also feel tender for up to 2-3 days after the separators have been put in place. This is quite normal, as the separators are moving the teeth to create room.

You can seek relief through a mild analgesic, such as Nurofen or Panadol. Remember to ask your parents first and always follow the directions on the packet, or talk to a pharmacist for further advice.

Stick to eating soft foods such as yoghurt, banana or soup to reduce any further discomfort.

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