Seperators31 Aug 2017, Posted by Uncategorized in
In our patients, we commonly use bands on the back molar teeth for orthodontic appliances or for metal bands to be used with braces. These bands are much like metal rings that wrap around your entire tooth. Most patients do not have spaces between their teeth, and fitting a ring would be painful. To make room we put something called a separator in approx. 1 week before this appointment to create enough room to make the patient as comfortable as possible.
Our patients do very well with these separators and you will often hear them called “donuts” or “gummy bears” in our Port Credit clinic. These rubber bands are essentially small elastics that are first stretched out with a special instrument. We put them in by flossing them between the contacts of your teeth where additional space is needed. The patient might feel a slight pressure because of the rubber band squeezing between their teeth.
Between the appointments we ask the patient not to floss or pick at their separators. It is also important to avoid chewy sticky food as this can dislodge the elastic. If a separator falls out, this is normal it just means that enough space has been created. If this is to happen please call us and we can schedule you to have your separator replaced before your next visit.
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 which can be recommended by your local Port Credit Orthodontist Dr. Virdee.