When it comes to braces, there are several steps that go into the process. In the orthodontic field, spacers for braces are the first step towards your actual fitting for the hardware. Some people have heard them alternately called “orthodontic separators,” which is precisely what they are. Many patients find the overall appearance of spacers for braces to be surprising. That’s because spacers are actually small elastic rings, similar to small rubber bands.
There are multiple parts of braces. These tiny blue rings are approximately one centimeter in diameter. The placement of the spacers occurs on either side of the teeth in a parallel arrangement. This helps the gap remain smaller at first instead of beginning as a large gap. Spacers for braces can remain in the mouth for varying periods. For some patients, they’re only necessary for a few days before the fitting of braces.