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Separators are small rubber separating rings which are placed between the teeth to make space for appliances.
Separators are generally placed in the mouth 3 to 7 days before the insertion of appliances or bands. Separators may also be placed prior to an appointment at which the patient will be fitted for an appliance.
Things to Know
If a separator falls out, please call us immediately so that we may schedule an appointment to replace the lost separators. They are usually replaced one business day before appliances are placed.
You may want to eat soft foods for the first few days as your teeth may be tender.
You should brush your teeth as you normally would, but do not floss in the areas where the separators were placed.
Your teeth may be sensitive for a few days. Take your usual pain medication such as aspirin or acetaminophen (according to the directions on the medication) to relieve the pressure.
Avoid chewy or sticky foods, such as gum or taffy, as they can pull separators loose.
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