This is the first step in preparing the teeth for "braces." Over the next few days the separators (plastic or wire loops), will gradually spread the teeth apart slightly, so that we can fit them for bands during the next visit. Here are the answers to the questions most commonly asked about the separators.


  • Expect some soreness during the first few days, especially during eating. This is normal and will go away, usually within three days, as the teeth become accustomed to the slight pressure. If the soreness is severe (rare, but it happens), aspirin, motrin, or tylenol will help relieve the discomfort.
  • Brush normally, but don't use dental floss near the separators. This can pull them out. 
  • No change in the diet is necessary at this time, just avoid sticky sweets and gum.
  • Please do not pick the separators out. If you lose a separator more than 48 hours before your next appointment, please call the office and schedule an appointment to have the separator replaced. Thanks for your help. This is the first step to reaching a beautiful smile!
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Astoria Family Orthodontics

23-12 31st Street

Astoria, NY 11105

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Office Hours

Monday 1:00 pm-6:30 pm

Tuesday 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Wednesday 1:00 pm-6:30 pm

Thursday 8:30 am-4:00 pm


Two Saturdays a month

8:30 am-1:30 pm 


Closed Mon./Wed. 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Closed Tues./Thurs. 1:00 pm-2:00 pm


Closed Fridays and Sundays 

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