You may be surprised at how much work goes into your braces. There are a number of different parts that need to work together to properly align your smile. While spacers are not parts of your braces, they have a very important job to do in correcting your bite.
Basically, spacers are small springs or rubber bands between the back teeth. This creates the “space” needed for your braces to do what they need to do. You will receive your spacers about one week before you actually get your braces. After our orthodontist, Dr. Rusty Jones places the spacers, you may feel some discomfort for a day or so. They are applying pressure on your teeth after all, so a little pain is perfectly normal and you can treat it with an over-the-counter pain reliever. You should avoid hard and sticky foods, but on occasion, a spacer may fall out on its own. If that happens, don’t worry, call Dr. Jones instead. In many cases, this is just indicator that it is time to have a new band placed.
If you are interested in learning more about braces and spacers in Phoenix, Arizona, or if you would like to have an exam and consultation, we would love to meet you. Contact our offices in West Valley, South Phoenix or Surprise to schedule your visit.