Now that you have had your new patient exam, and your records finished, your treatment begins. Most treatment includes banding. Orthodontists will use bands on the back molar teeth to provide additional support for your teeth. Also to allow for different attachments for your teeth. The bands are essentially metal rings that completely surround the teeth.
However, most people’s teeth do not have spaces between them, for the metal rings. With that it would be almost impossible and or very difficult to place bands without spaces. It would also incredibly painful for the patient. Which is why one of the first steps in the process of braces is the separator or “spacers” appointment. This appointment should occur around a week prior to placing bands to provide room between the teeth.
Separators are small elastics (rubber bands) that are first stretched out with a special separator instrument. Then, they are simply flossed into the contact where space is needed. During this time, the patient may feel slight pressure or a “pushing” sensation. This pressure allows the rubber band to squeeze through the contact of the teeth.
Now that the separators are in place, patients will notice that they feel as though a piece of food is caught between their teeth. Within usually 4-6 hours after placement, the soreness and throbbing from tooth pressure will begin. The dull ache feeling will normally worsen over the next day or two, and will then subside. During this time, it is recommended to take an ibuprofen or any over the counter medication to help ease the pain.
At the next appointment, we will fit bands on molars and be on our way to constructing your orthodontic appliance(s).
For more information and to schedule your New Patient Exam, visit us at Burleson Orthodontics.
Kim Bui born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is persuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.