Here are the answers to
some common questions about separators.
What are separators?
Separators are tiny elastic rings which are fitted between the back teeth.
They are usually blue in colour.
What do separators do?
Separators create very small spaces between the back teeth to enable
orthodontic bands (which are small metal rings) to be fitted around the
teeth a few days later. With a little space between the teeth, there is no
need to force the orthodontic bands between the teeth, and this can be
done much more comfortably and without any pain.
Do they hurt?
Once fitted, separators feel rather like a small piece of food caught
between the teeth. In this way, that can be a little annoying for the
first day or two; and even make the teeth slightly sore and tender to bite
on. After the first couple of days, you will get used to them, and they
will not be uncomfortable.
Do I have to do anything?
Do not pull out your separators. You will get used to them after the first
day or two. If you remove your separators, it may not be possible to fit
your bands, or it may hurt a little doing so.
Brush and eat as normal; but try and avoid very sticky food like toffees.
What if they fall out?
Dont worry. This usually means that separators have done their job of
creating little spaces between the teeth. If this happens, throw them
away. In the unlikely event that you swallow one, dont worry; they are
completely safe and should pass through.
Normally, you do not have to contact the practice if your separators fall
out, unless advised otherwise by your orthodontist. Just keep your next
scheduled appointment. If in doubt, always contact us for advice.