The purpose of wearing separators is to make room for the braces that will be attached to
your teeth on your next visit. Small elastic or metal spacers are placed between the teeth to
create a space (see Picture 1).
Your teeth will feel very "tight" and sore for the first few days. This feeling should go away
in a short while. Please do not be concerned if your bite is a little different. This is a natural
feeling while the separators are in place.
Here are some things to do and not do while you are wearing separators:
Picture 1: Small spacers are placed in between
NOTE: If the separators come out 4 days or more before your appointment, you will need to come in and have them replaced.
If you have any questions about the separators, be sure to ask your dentist or dental assistant.
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