One of the first steps in getting braces is to place spaces or separators in your smile. Separators are not technically part of your braces. They are actually small rubber circles that are placed between the teeth before the first appointment. These will actually start the tooth movement and allow enough space around the back teeth to slide the bands on at the during your first visit with our orthodontist, Dr. Michele Renick. You usually wear your spacers for around one week before you get your braces. You may feel a little pressure or discomfort for a few days, and an over-the-counter pain reliever can help.
Sometime during your treatment, a spacer may come loose or even fall out. If this does happen, do not be alarmed, call our office and make an appointment with Dr. Renick. In most cases, this simply means that it is time for you to have a new band placed. Otherwise, you can keep your spacers in place by avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage them or cause them to loosen. If you have lost a spacer in Sunbury, Ohio or would like to schedule an appointment at Renick Orthodontics please call 740-936-5003 today.