• 703-595-2122
toggle menu
toggle menu

Separators & Rubber Bands

To get a Free Braces Consultation & Customized Treatment Plan, book your appointment online or by calling us at:

CALL TODAY: 703-721-4660

Make An Appointment

Book Online To Get Free Consultation & Initial X-Ray

There is a lot more to a full course of treatment with braces than just brackets and wire. Your orthodontist will use a variety of instruments to adjust the teeth to be straightened and to ensure the hardware does its job fully and effectively. One of the most important of these is braces separators. These simple tools maintain a space between two teeth and come in three main types; rubber separators, metal separators and orthodontic bands.

Rubber Separators

Rubber braces separators are the most common type used. Your orthodontist will place the rubber separator between two teeth using a length of floss and by applying some pressure. Then the separator will be adjusted in order to apply even pressure throughout the broadest possible region between the two teeth to ensure equilateral force is applied. The expansion of the rubber insert will push teeth apart slightly over time.

Metal Separators

Metal braces separators are used in cases where rubber separators cannot be inserted. It could be that the teeth which need to be separated are too close together for a rubber separator to be used. In instances such as these, it is usually the case that the space your dentist wants to create has to be made. A metal separator can be forced between the teeth to create the space.

Get A Free Consultation & Initial X-ray

Book now to take advantage of this online offer

Metal Vs Rubber Separators

Your dentist will usually prefer to use rubber over metal braces separators because rubber is gentler on the enamel of the teeth. Rubber separators are more versatile and also generate a small degree of pressure which facilitates the movement of teeth in the desired direction. Metal separators only separate the teeth during insertion, which can be a more uncomfortable experience than having rubber separators installed. The most important distinction between the two is that one creates a space, while the other expands an existing space.

Orthodontic Bands

Another older type of braces separators is the orthodontic band. This device is either bracketed or unbracketed and is most often used on the molars in the rear areas of the mouth. Held in place using a special dental cement, an orthodontic band is used to attach an archwire to a patient’s molars. They are made from stainless steel, come in a range of sizes and can be custom fit in order to grip the tooth firmly and securely without interfering with the movement of the tongue or eating. The archwire is slid into a groove on the side of the band allowing for the movement or stabilization of the molars.

Get A Free Consultation & Initial X-ray

Book now to take advantage of this online offer

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE LET'S SMILE DENTAL?

We understand that everyone has important obligations throughout the week and that your time is very valuable. Therefore, we have put a great deal of effort into creating flexible office hours for our patients. Our team of expert staff can help to schedule your stress-free appointment today.

Quality care

At Let's Smile Dental we use the most advanced technologies to make your visit as comfortable, relaxing and pain-free as possible.

Flexible hours

Whether you need an orthodontic treatment or a pediatric care for your child, let our professional staff schedule the best time for your next visit.

Kids friendly

Our kid's friendly dental office and staff work hard to make sure that the whole experience is joyful and easy for both the kids and their parent's.

TESTIMONIALS

When you book your dental appointment on let's Smile website, do it with the utmost confidence because collectively we have 100 years of combined experience in providing dental care to our Northen Virginia & Washington D.C. patients. Please Read our reviews online to find out why we are famous for:

My son loves it here. The dentist and hygienist describe every tool they are about to use and how they are going to use them. Most importantly, they know how to talk to kids and have a good sense of humor.
MICK L
Google +
Love, love, love the whole staff here! I am being treated for adult orthodontic surgical braces to correct my underbite. Throughout the entire process from the initial consultation, finance/payment, greeting/exit of each appointment, and of course the talented and genuine staff that treat your teeth each time,
TINA L
Yelp
We were in an emergent situation after a playground accident/trauma and within 10 mins of calling and upon arrival, we were greeted, evaluated, and treated immediately on our first visit.
CASSY P
Facebook
They are AWESOME....I make that drive from Alexandria to Fairfax to take my kid here. My kid loves that they make her feel comfortable and they are just happy and jolly.
JULIANA P
Facebook

View This Week's Special Offers

Every week we publish special offers & coupons. You can click here to see this week’s specials.

GET IN TOUCH

We understand that everyone has important obligations throughout the week and that your time is very valuable. Therefore, we have put a great deal of effort into creating flexible office hours for our patients. Our team of expert staff can help to schedule your stress-free appointment today.

PHONE

703-721-4660

OFFICE HOURS

Mon - Thu: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Fri: 8:00am to 2:00pm

SOCIAL MEDIA

SPRINGFIELD OFFICE

6564 Loisdale Court Suite 110 Springfield, VA 22150

FAIRFAX OFFICE

4210 Fairfax Corner W Ave. Suite 245 Fairfax, VA 22030

RESTON OFFICE

1984 Isaac Newton Sq. West Suite 200. Reston, VA 20190