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Do Spacers For Braces Hurt
Hi. So recently I got my braces on and my left upper moller starts to hurt verybadly... Now I am starting to realize that its actually my spacer help?
Pain--braces: You need to see your dental specialist asap to correct this problem. ...Read more
No not really: Very little discomfort for May be few minutes. Good luck ...Read more
Pain is relative: But the answer is mostly yes — there is some discomfort and annoyance — something has been wedged between the teeth and you have been instructed to leave it there undisturbed. Tylenol (acetaminophen) / advil and the like are generally sufficient to help alleviate the symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Need: For many of my patients, I do not need spacers, as I will not require the space to place a band. Modern orthodontics more and more uses a fully bonded appliance: no ring to go around a back tooth unless I need it for a special situation. Be happy if you do not get them, as your braces will be smaller and easier to clean. ...Read more
I got braces and spacers today and its really painful i really need help on what foods I can safely eat?
Soft foods: Soups jello, puddings.........Get a more detailed answer ›
Absolutely not: Spacers make room between teeth for placement of metal bands on back teeth. Braces ; wires align teeth. At 37 the 2 halves of your upper jaw have fused to each other ; to the other bones in your skull. Palatial expansion therefore mandates an expansion appliance + jaw surgery. See a qualified orthodontic specialist and inquire about "sarp.". ...Read more
You will live :): It isn't bad. Your orthodontist will know better but sometimes, when we deal with teeth that are compromised, we remove them and close the spaces to help the patient with reducing their compromised teeth (or having one less thing to worry about throughout life). Removing 4 molars for braces purposes is not that common. Some schools do advocate them though in certain cases. ...Read more
Why do some braces require molar bands and others don't? Will molar bands make it hard to eat like with spacers?
Molar bands: Tooth movement with braces uses many types of brackets and bands, etc. When bands need to be placed on the molars it may indicate that stronger anchorage is needed to more involved tooth realignment, or access may be an issue. Whatever the reason it should not make it more difficult to eat as the bands do not involve the chewing surfaces of the teeth. ...Read more
I'm 18 & Getting braceels. I had approx. 4 xrays, no molding nor got spacers. Is that normal? I'm suppose to go in tomorrow for my braces.
Orthodontic Records: The process of getting your braces will be different depending on the type of orthodontic treatment you are getting. However, before any orthodontic treatment the X-rays, photos and impressions for stone study models of your teeth are done. Your orthodontist will plan your treatment using these records. Good luck. ...Read more
Anything I can do to lessen the pain of braces? I finally got my braces three days ago, with just the spacers and brackets, no wires yet. I find the pain to be really bad, and would like a way to lessen it. Is there a possibility that the orthodontist cou
Spacers: You are feeling the discomfort of the spacers (separators) usually used to prepare the back teeth for wrap around rings (bands). These can be extremely uncomfortable for anyone, but particularly for adults. One or two tablets of Ibuprofen (advil, motrin, nuprin, (ibuprofen) or a generic) taken at 6 hour intervals, just for a few days, and most especially before bedtime, works great. ...Read more
Can I get my cavities filled and my molars sealed after I get spacers/separators (for braces) put in?
Fix cavities first:
You can, but fix cavities first, then spacers. If your orthodontist doesn't tell you to get your cavities fixed before putting on your spacers, get a different orthodontist. Every orthodontist will have you sign a dentist's clearance saying that your cavities are fixed and promise to keep regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
Good luck and congratulations. ...Read more
Why is it difficult to bite down after ortho spacers were put in (pre-braces). Has my bite shifted? Molars seem to touch more than before.
Spacers/ Molar pain: It is very normal and typical for your molars to be tender after placement of spacers. The spacers are actually moving your teeth ever so slightly to create room for the molar bands. Good question. ...Read more
Need a tooth extracted due to impaction. Teeth are rather crooked. Can I get an implant or bridge instead of braces? Can a spacer hold the spot temp?
Consider both: Not seeing your problem, can't give definitive answer. Best to consult with your restorative dentist and an orthodontic specialist. Learn about all the options available to you, then pick the one that will give you the best bang for your buck. Good luck. ...Read more
It depends: Everyone has a different threshold of sensitivity. Where one patient might regard spaces as a mild irritant, another might regard them as painful. For most patients, their placement is regarded as a temporary annoyance, as if there was chicken or a piece of meat caught between the teeth. ...Read more
I just got spacers yesterday and it seems that today the spacer is inside of my gum and it hurts what do I do?
Call: Call your treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontist. Left trapped under your gums the spacer can damage bone and gum-tooth attachment. Your care provider has the instruments and the skill to safely remove the wayward object. ...Read more
Why do my spacers hurt so bad? Whenever I bite something, even really softly, it hurts like crazy, I took aspirin. Anything else?
Pressure: The spacers are placing pressure on your teeth, which in turn puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments and the bone, irritating them both. That's why it hurts when you bite down. Try another otc pain med, eat very soft foods, and in a few days you should feel better. ...Read more
Orthodontics: See your orthodontist now so as not to damage your tissues. ...Read more
Requires attention: If the 'spacer' is a separator, it could be lodged below the gums and create significant pain. Otc meds are a temporary measure only. Call to schedule an emergency appointment with the doctor who placed the spacer immediately. ...Read more
Will the metal bands placed on my molars hurt as much as the ortho rubber spacers I have in now? Will it feel like something is stuck in my teeth?
It's different: The spacers create room for placement of the bands. They do this by creating pressure and force on your teeth. That is their purpose. Once there is space to place the bands on, the band go on passively. You can expect forces & pressures & some soreness throughout your orthodontic treatment. That's how the teeth are moved. Many of us including myself have gone through it. It's intermittent & not bad. ...Read more
I am having a mouth problem and I want you to help me. I am biting my lip, my cheek, my tonge. Do I need a spacer or something because it really hurt?
Help is near you: At your local dentist. Call your local dentist who can examine your bite and see if a little recontouring solves your problem. ...Read more
Helpers: Spacers are devices to help one use a metered dose inhaler (mdi) correctly. It can be very difficult for some people to use inhalers properly, especially young children. One of the most common reasons someone might feel an inhaler is not helping their asthma is due to using the mdi incorrectly. Spacers work as holding chambers between the inhaler and the patient to better inhale the med. ...Read more
Easily: If you're talking about spring clips between teeth to make room for braces, they are easily removable with Orthodontic instruments. If you mean space maintainers, they are easily removed with Orthodontic instruments. Ask your qualified Orthodontic Specialist for a little "show & tell,", but be assured this is an easy process. The hardest part may be your Orthodontist's bad jokes. ...Read more