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Separators & Rubber Bands

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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.

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At Let's Smile Dental, we use cutting-edge technology to make your visit as comfortable, relaxing and pain-free as possible.

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Whether you are looking for orthodontic treatments, like braces or Invisalign, pediatric care for your child or implants, let our professional staff schedule the perfect time for your next visit!

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


When you book your dental appointment with Let's Smile, do it with the utmost confidence! We’re dedicated to our patients. Take a look at what they have to say:

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.
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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,
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.
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.


To accommodate your busy schedule, Let’s Smile has three locations in the Northern Virginia metro area. We offer flexible hours and our wonderful staff can help you schedule an appointment today!




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


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


6564 Loisdale Court Suite 110 Springfield, VA 22150