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Spacers for Braces in Philadelphia, PA

In order for your braces to fit your teeth, a small space is needed between the back molars. For patients who do not have sufficient space between these teeth, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan uses spacers for braces. These orthodontic devices enhance treatment outcomes for patients in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.

What are Spacers for Braces?

Also known as “orthodontic expanders,” spacers for braces are small metal or elastic bands that fit between the back molars. Similar to dental floss, the bands are small enough to fit comfortably into the existing space while applying pressure to the teeth. The spacers are placed approximately one week before your appointment for installing your braces.

Why are Spacers Necessary?

Spacers are necessary to create a space that is big enough to accommodate the bands of your braces. If the expanders are not used, Dr. Kadan will not be able to place the bands around your back teeth. If an orthodontist tries to fit the bands without adequate space, you will experience a great deal of discomfort, and the bands will not fit properly. You may develop cavities due to food being trapped under the band or between the band and gum line.

How are Spacers Fitted?

The spacer is stretched to minimize the diameter so that it fits easily between the teeth. Dr. Kadan then slides the spacer between the teeth to the proper position and releases the tension.

Are Spacers Painful?

You may experience a momentary pinch as the spacer comes into contact with the gum, but this only lasts a few seconds. You may also have some soreness related to the pressure being applied to the teeth. The discomfort usually lasts only 24 to 48 hours. Patients who have molars that are more tightly positioned may have discomfort for a longer time than those who have some degree of spacing between their teeth.

How is Discomfort Managed?

Over-the-counter pain medications are adequate for alleviating any discomfort that is caused by the orthodontic spacers. We also recommend that you modify your diet when you are wearing spacers for braces. You should not clench your teeth or eat foods that require hard biting or strong chewing. The best option is to eat soft foods and avoid hard or chewy foods.

Is Special Care Needed When Wearing Spacers?

Eating the wrong foods or flossing and brushing too aggressively may cause the expanders to dislodge. If this occurs, you will need to have the spacer replaced, and you may need to wear the spacers for braces longer than expected. You should not floss the area and brush carefully and gently.

Will Spacers Be Replaced by Bands?

In most cases, the orthodontic expanders are removed when the bands are installed which is usually one week after the time when the spacers for braces are placed between your teeth.

How are Spacers Removed?

An expander may naturally fall out when the desired space is reached. If this occurs, contact our office to schedule a time when Dr. Kadan can evaluate the progress and possibly insert a new spacer. The spacers are easy to remove, especially since the space between the teeth is larger than when the expanders were inserted.

How Much Do Spacers Cost in Bucks County and Philadelphia?

The cost of spacers for braces is included in the overall cost of your orthodontic treatment. After your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a cost before you decide to proceed with treatment.

Payment can be made by:

  • Cash, personal check and credit card
  • Financing through CareCredit®
  • In-house financing options

We are an in-network provider for many of today’s top dental insurance companies. Using an orthodontist that is in your dental care network benefits you by:

  • Providing lower out-of-pocket expenses
  • Saving you time and money by completing and filing all necessary claim forms at no extra charge to you
  • Accepting the payment we negotiate with the insurance company as payment in full
  • Never sending you a bill for the charges that are above the negotiated rate, known as balance billing
  • Expecting you to only pay your applicable co-payment, deductible and co-insurance according to the terms of your policy
  • Letting you pay only for your portion rather than expecting you to pay the full cost and get reimbursed by the insurance company

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Dr. Kadan uses the consultation as the time to take X-rays and perform an evaluation of your teeth, jaw alignment, oral health and bite alignment. Based on the findings of the evaluation, he will recommend a treatment plan. He uses his professional expertise to determine if spacers for braces are needed for your treatment.

Why Choose Sam Kadan Orthodontics

Dr. Kadan is a board-certified orthodontist, and only one in three orthodontists pursue board certification by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in orthodontic care, as well as continuing education. Dr. Kadan’s exceptional patient care has earned him a position on Philadelphia Magazine’s list of Top Dentists for 2016, winner of the 2016 Happening List and 2015 designation as an Invisalign® Elite Provider. He completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Rochester, and he currently holds a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to help develop the skills and expertise of future orthodontists.

Dr. Kadan has designed his facility to reflect his approach to patient care, and we look forward to giving you a tour as part of your consultation and introduction to our practice.

Spacers for braces improve the outcome of your orthodontic treatment by creating a space for the bands of your braces. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan uses orthodontic expanders for his patients in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Chalfont, Doylestown or Harleysville office.

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