Orthodontic spacers

What are spacers (or separators)?

Spacers (or “separators”) have been placed between your teeth. They may be elastic (green, blue, or clear) or metal (look like a small clip).

Teeth normally fit tightly against one another, and the purpose of the spacers is to move your teeth apart slightly in order to make room for bands. At your next appointment, the spacers will be removed and bands will be fitted around the teeth. The spacers often make your teeth sore for two or three days. If soreness does occur, eat a soft diet and take the same over-the-counter pain reliever you would use for a common headache.