What are spacers?
Spacers are small rubber circles that Dr Emma will gently slide between your back teeth to make room around your back molars before palate expander placement.
Do Spacers Hurt?
Placing spacers is easy. Spacers slide between your teeth just like dental floss does. It can feel like a piece of food is stuck between your teeth. As they begin to make space this may cause temporary soreness but that goes away in a few days. Over the counter pain medication may be needed for relief.
What are the rules with spacers?
Gummy, Sticky, and Chewy foods can pull out the spacers so you must not eat those foods when you have spacers.
Flossing where the spacers are can cause them to come out, so only floss your other teeth that do not have spacers. Brushing is important with spacers, so make sure to do a good job brushing!
If you lose a spacer, call us so we can replace it.