Spacers are an important step in braces treatment, making braces treatment more effective. The residents of Smyrna, Vinings, and the surrounding communities in Atlanta, Georgia can now come to Smile Envy Dental Group for all their dental needs.
What Are Spacers for Braces?
Before having braces treatment, Dr. Lofters may recommend spacers. Spacers or expanders are small rubber pieces placed between teeth that are too close together. In order for braces to be effective, there must be a little space between the teeth. Less than one centimeter in diameter, rubber expanders create this space between the teeth. Most patients only wear orthodontic spacers for one to two weeks.
Benefits of Orthodontic Spacers
Some teeth, particularly molar teeth, may be too close together for braces to work effectively. Creating small amounts of space between the teeth allow the teeth to move. Dr. Lofters will determine if spacers are the best treatment for you.
Recovery from Spacers
Spacers may be painful when they are inserted if there is no space between your teeth. It is also possible that you will experience no pain originally though your mouth may feel sore after a couple of days. You may notice bleeding, swelling or pain when chewing. This is normal and will subside. If you experience pain, an over the counter pain medicine is sufficient. Some patients also find relief from eating cold foods, such as ice cream. You may also want to avoid hard or chewy foods such as popcorn or gum.
You should not pick at the spacers, as this may cause them to come out prematurely. Dr. Lofters may not be able to apply your braces in time if there is not enough space on the day of your initial braces appointment.
How Much Do Braces Spacers Cost?
The cost of spacers for braces will vary based on your needs. Orthodontic spacers may be covered by your dental insurance. We will work with you to determine your benefits coverage and what you may owe for your treatment. Smile Envy Dental Group offers to finance through CareCredit® as well as other payment options.
Why Choose Smile Envy Dental Group?
Dr. David Lofters has been helping patients smile bigger and brighter for over a decade. He has a doctorate in Dental Surgery and is certified in orthodontics. With a focus on education, our team diligently makes sure that all of your questions are answered. We stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and tools available to give our patients the best care available. Our team can handle all of your dental needs and coordinate effective, timely care. You will feel right at home in our professional, modern office.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Lofters will discuss your goals and needs. He will answer any questions you have and choose the best treatment plan. If you need spacers as part of your treatment, he will tell you how long you will wear spacers and explain proper at-home care.
Our team can determine the best orthodontic treatment for the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas of Georgia. If you are looking to restore your smile and self-confidence, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Lofters at Smile Envy Dental Group to discuss your options.