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How are space between teeth fixed before braces on? I read a small procedure my orthodontist said years ago he will fix space before putting braces on

How are space between teeth fixed before braces on? I read a small procedure my orthodontist said years ago he will fix space before putting braces on

Why?: There are ways to close spaces with buttons and rubber bands or custom aligners, but if you are going to have braces anyway, they are the easiest and fastest way to close the spaces, so I'm not sure why you would close spaces and then put on braces. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Docs, when they put spacers on your teeth for braces does it hurt?

Docs, when they put spacers on your teeth for braces does it hurt?

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

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How can a dentist straighten teeth without using braces or spacers?

How can a dentist straighten teeth without using braces or spacers?

Orthodontist: There may be other options for you such as lingual braces (tongue side of teeth), clear braces, or clear aligner treatments (e.g., invisalign). It is best to make an appointment with a licensed orthodontic specialist for an individual evaluation regarding your needs. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Can spacers hurt more then braces?

Can spacers hurt more then braces?

Mild discomfort: Only mild discomfort or sensitivity is expected after the placement of spacers or braces. Medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil usually control this discomfort. You should continue normal brushing and flossing around the spacers and braces. Take care. ...Read more

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Why will I not be able to get spacers for braces?

Why will I not be able to get spacers for braces?

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

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What hurts more --the spacers or getting braces?

What hurts more --the spacers or getting braces?

Braces: Most people complain more about the spacers then the braces. It just feels like a big chunk of meet stuck in between your teeth. ...Read more

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Can I get my cavities filled and my molars sealed after I get spacers/separators (for braces) put in?

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

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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.

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

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What can I do for the pain if I just got spacers and now all of my teeth ache?

What can I do for the pain if I just got spacers and now all of my teeth ache?

Pain meds: I assume by "spacers" you mean small plastic donuts or metal springs between teeth to move them apart far enough for placement of orthodontic metal bands. If so, take 1 200mg advil/motrin/ibuprofen 4x/day w food or copious liquids, and rinse 4x/day w 1 tsp salt in 8oz warm water. Discomfort should ease off in a day or two. ...Read more

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Will metal spacers and braces with a wire help expand my narrow palate?

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

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I have braces and spacers on but I still need to get 4 molars taken out. Is this bad?

I have braces and spacers on but I still need to get 4 molars taken out. Is this bad?

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

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My spacer for my bottom teeth hurt like crazy. Is there something I can do to stop this pain?

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

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Why do some braces require molar bands and others dont? Will molar bands make it hard to eat like with spacers?

Molar bands: Tooth movement with braces uses many different 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

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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.

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

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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

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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


Spacer (Definition)

A spacer in dentistry can be any orthodontic device to hold space formed by early loss of a baby tooth so that permanent tooth has a place to come in. They are usually removed when ...Read more