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When are spacers used?

A spacer helps prevent teeth from migrating toward an empty space. The device, which can be permanent or removable, is designed using impressions of your teeth for optimal fit and comfort.

In most cases, a spacer is used when a child has lost one or several teeth prematurely. The device ensures that permanent teeth have enough space to come in, although it is also sometimes used as part of an interceptive orthodontic procedure.

In adults, a spacer is used to prevent teeth from moving while waiting for the installation of an implant.

It’s important to take good care of the device and to carefully clean it every day. If you have a permanent spacer, don’t chew gum or eat hard, sticky or sweet foods to avoid breaking or loosening the device.