What’s a Spacer?

How They Work

For many patients, spacers are the first step in getting fitted for braces. These
small springs or plastic modules are placed between certain teeth to create additional space, making the banding process that follows more comfortable for you. After a few days your teeth will move slightly apart, enabling us to slide the metal bands in place more easily.

What To Do

You can expect the spacers to cause temporary soreness that will disappear
within a few days. Relieve your discomfort by rinsing with warm salt water. The more you are able to chew normally, the more quickly your teeth will begin to feel like they usually do.