Tooth Separators

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These are little rubber bands, or metal-type clips that are utilized to gain space between your back teeth. They make it easier to fit braces around your back teeth. Depending on your age, they should remain in place 6-14 days.

Separators will make your teeth tender and slightly sore for 3-5 days. It may feel like you have a piece of meat caught between your teeth. You will need to stay away from chewy, sticky foods as they can pull the separators out (I.e., gum, caramels, taffy, etc.). Ibuprofen, such as Children’s Motrin or Advil, can be taken for the discomfort.

You will not be able to floss your teeth where there are separators. However, you can brush and WaterPik® as you normally would.