Do you get spacers before braces?
If you need spacers, you’ll get them about a week before you get braces. To insert rubber spacers, your orthodontist uses a small tool or dental floss to stretch out each spacer first. Then, after you open wide, they will wiggle each spacer into place between your molars.
How long do you wear spacers before braces?
In certain cases, spacers are worn for a longer part of your treatment or even throughout treatment, but in the majority of cases, patients who get spacers will wear them for 1-2 weeks before getting the braces appliance installed.
Can you get spacers and braces on the same day?
If you decide to move forward with getting braces, we may even place the spacers that same day. It’s simple and only takes a few seconds to slip them into place.
Can spacers make your teeth loose?
Depending on the type, spacers may cause pain while chewing, making certain foods (usually those that are tough or crispy) difficult to eat. Some people may also experience a sensation similar to having loose milk teeth.
How many days should I wear spacers?
It is ideal for spacers to stay in for at least three days and up to one week prior to band placement. This ensures that there is adequate space around the tooth, allowing the band to easily slide over it and giving the patient a comfortable and simple appointment.
Do spacers move your front teeth?
The spacers stay between the teeth for one to two weeks and move the teeth apart slowly until they are far apart enough so that orthodontists can fit a tooth brace or molar band in between them or fit an expander with metal rings. Spacers are usually used to put spaces in between teeth before braces are established.
What happens if I take my spacers out?
It is important if a spacer does come out after the first few days of placement to have it replaced. Typically, if it comes out the night before your banding visit, it is not a concern. If a spacer is out more than 48 hours, then it can cause a problem fitting the bands.
Can I eat pizza with braces?
You can still eat pizza when you have braces, but it all comes down to the type of pizza. The best way to go is soft-crust pizza. Tougher crusts or thin crusts can damage your braces and get stuck between the wires, brackets and your teeth. You could even have fun making your own pizza to suit your orthodontics.