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Doctor insights on: Wide Space Between First And Second Toes

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What are toe spacers and can they help my bunions?

What are toe spacers and can they help my bunions?

Cushions to spread: Toes apart. May provide help in certain bunion deformities by providing counter pressure against the deviated big toe when placed in between big toe and next toe. This is a palliative treatment and does not correct deformity.

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My daughter had spacers put in on monday and today one broke in half. What do we do?

My daughter had spacers put in on monday and today one broke in half. What do we do?

Broken Spacer: Don't worry, these spacers get stretched and get brake easily. Call your orthodontist in the morning and they can easily put a new one in.

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One of my spacers fell out. It was to make room for expander, I've had it in for 12 days, will it make a difference?

One of my spacers fell out. It was to make room for expander, I've had it in for 12 days, will it make a difference?

Orthodontics: If you have had the spacer in for 12 days you should be fine. If you put the spacer in and it keeps falling out then the spacer is working as it has created a space which your doctor wants. Hopefully you are placing it in properly. Either way, call your orthodontist to let them know.

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I was eating and one of my spacers was pushed further in and I'm afraid it won't be able to come out. Should I get it checked out by my orthodontist?

I was eating and one of my spacers was pushed further in and I'm afraid it won't be able to come out. Should I get it checked out by my orthodontist?

YES: If you feel that one of your spacers or seporators has submerged below the gum line, call your orthodontist ASAP to be seen. Most likely, it can be easily removed and replaced with another spacer. The longer the spacer stays below the gum line, the more likely your gum tissue will become inflamed. Also, the spacer is not working and your won't adequate space for the band to be placed.

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Why might it be that someone have popping and pain in their hip after having a cement spacer put in?

Why might it be that someone have popping and pain in their hip after having a cement spacer put in?

A couple things...: The most concerning issue is the hardware coming loose. This is uncommon but does occur. Another issue can be just an osteophyte that may have formed that is causing some clicking. Some muscular issues can cause a popping in you hip and their is actually a syndrome called snapping hip syndrome, with structures depending on medial or lateral snapping. I would recommend you discuss it with your ortho.

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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.

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Is it weird that my spacers don't hurt?

Is it weird that my spacers don't hurt?

Count your blessings: I am glad for you. Spacers are often uncomfortable until your mouth adjusts.

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What is the definition or description of: spacer?

Dental 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 the permanent tooth appears.

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What are asthma spacers?

What are asthma spacers?

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.

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Can orthodontic spacers hurt?

Can orthodontic spacers hurt?

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.

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Can I have sushi with spacers?

List of foods: Yes, sushi is OK. However, eating certain foods can cause damage to your braces, bands and wires. Loose bands, broken brackets and broken wires cause delay in your orthodontic treatment and extra cost. Ask your orthodontist for a list of foods to follow.

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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.

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How do orthos remove orthodontic metal spacers?

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.

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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.

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How long would I need to have orthodontic spacers for?

How long would I need to have orthodontic spacers for?

Spacers: Spacers, also known as seperators can be effective in one to two weeks time. It depends on how tight the contacts are between the teeth.

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Will I need to get spacers before top and bottom braces?

It depends: If your orthodontist place braces on your molar teeth no. But if he place bands yes. So it depends on what will be on your molars.