What are spacers?

Orthodontic spacers, also known as separators, are used at the very beginning of braces treatment. They are worn temporarily to create a small amount of space in the back molars, where metal bands will be placed to connect the archwire.

What do bolt spacers do?

A spacer is typically a simple length of tubing which increases the distance between parts and allows a bolt to pass through the center. A spacer is used to increase the distance between parts being fastened.

Why do I need spacers?

Spacers are typically placed before the braces or aligners to help ensure that the teeth will be ready for the treatment to begin. The spacers help create gaps in the teeth so that braces or other appliances will fit correctly when placed.

What are standoff used for?

A standoff is a threaded separator of defined length used to raise one part in an assembly above another. They are usually round or hex (for wrench tightening), often made of stainless steel, aluminum, brass, or nylon, and come in male-female or female-female forms.

What do spacers feel like?

What Do Spacers Feel Like? Most people are not bothered by spacers at all, while others find them uncomfortable. When first placed, it feels as if there is something stuck between your teeth, like popcorn or a piece of meat. Do not pick at the spacers—they may fall out.

Do spacers hurt your teeth?

Although they are sometimes very painful, they are usually only in place for one to two weeks. Spacers can also cause toothache and gum pain because of the constant pressure against the patient’s teeth. The gaps that the spacers create are necessary to apply certain appliances or braces.

What is a Mexican stand?

A Mexican standoff is a confrontation in which no strategy exists that allows any party to achieve victory. Any party initiating aggression might trigger its own demise. At the same time, the parties are unable to extricate themselves from the situation without suffering a loss.

How much do teeth spacers cost?

Phase I interceptive treatment with a palatal expander can cost between $1000-$2500, depending on the type of expander and the number of expander appliance checks that your treatment requires.