Health — 16 July 2013

Why do spacers hurt so much

Spacers, technically called as Orthodontic separators are generally placed in teeth before putting braces. They are made up of rubber band or metal and fit between the molars. To be more specific, spacers are circular in shape like a circular rubber band and about just a centimeter in diameter mainly placed between top and bottom molars. There are probably 1-12 spacers on the small metal or rubber clip to keep the molar apart.

Spacers are kept between the teeth for one or two weeks to keep the teeth apart so the dentist can fit a band or tooth brace between them. Many of you might have gone through this whole procedure and realized that spacers can be painful. Do you know why it hurts while placing bracers in your teeth? The information might help you.

Spacers are fitted between your teeth and the process is agitating filled with painful sensation and those who wear them are warned not to pick them as they might fall out. Spacers are made form rubber but for a change they can be metal and usually placed when a person’s teeth are too close. They are placed for a time period of max one or two weeks but it can be painful sometimes. They also cause toothache and gum pains because of the constant pressure against person’s teeth.

As they are placed between the teeth, they cause irritation with constant pain and sometimes spacers may dig into gums causing bleeding and swelling. The application of spacers is just to create enough space between the teeth and during the process you might feel some pressure and bit soreness after the removal, but overall it is quite a painless process.

Depending on the type of spacers there are times when you might feel difficulty in chewing, especially certain crispy food, as spacers are made to fit against the edges and apply pressure continuously.

 

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With strong writing and copy editing skills, Desh Raj Sharma has shown expertise in almost every field of online content generation for years. Highly committed to his work, Desh is a person with clear heart, with no enmity with anything known.

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With strong writing and copy editing skills, Desh Raj Sharma has shown expertise in almost every field of online content generation for years. Highly committed to his work, Desh is a person with clear heart, with no enmity with anything known.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. I’ve got these spacers in right now and they are very painful! One of mine fell out out the day after I got them only because of my chewing and I woke up with it on my tongue. It doesn’t matter if they fall out, you can go back to your dentist to get them replaced but it is more painful the next time they do it because your teeth have already been separated slightly and they are not used to the pressure of something pushing on your teeth.
    If you take some strong pain killers like Panadol or Nurofen, the pain will be less throbbing but make sure not to put too much pressure on your teeth while having spacers on as it can be very painful, and don’t eat anything too hard as this causes inflamtion on the gums and may bleed.

    These are just my experiences.
    Hope it helps!

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