To make it easier for you, before placing your fixed appliances, we may have to make space between your teeth to allow the bands to go into place.
Small plastic modules are the type of spacers we use. Then slowly, over a few days they gently move certain teeth slightly apart to allow us to accurately place bands on your next appointment.
Yes, this causes temporary soreness, but that goes away in a few days.
Rinsing with warm salt water can help relieve this soreness, and even your usual chewing can help speed your teeth getting back to normal.
Important! If you lose a spacer, call us so we can replace it. We need that space at your next appointment to place your braces in the most comfortable manner.