Lip and Cheek Bumpers
What are Lip and Cheek Bumpers?
For patient who have severely overcrowded teeth, a lip and cheek bumper may be necessary. We like to avoid extracting and removing teeth as much as possible, so the lip and cheek bumper is specifically meant to make more space for the teeth to fall into alignment. This bumper is attached to your braces and provides a cushion between your teeth, lips and cheeks. When you open your mouth and speak, the bumpers push back on your molars, causing them to shift back and provide more space within the mouth.
Why would Lip and Cheek Bumpers be needed?
The reason you or your child may need lip and cheek bumpers is because there is a case of severe overcrowding. Rather than extract teeth to make room for others, these bumpers make more space in the mouth. They push back on the molars, opening up a space for other teeth to fall easily into place. These bumpers are often an essential part of more complex orthodontic treatments.
Who is a candidate for Lip and Cheek Bumpers?
Our doctors will examine your teeth and gums to determine if these bumpers are right for you. They are often used as part of orthodontic care for patients undergoing extensive and complex orthodontic treatment. The bumper is made to fit comfortably, and you can still eat and brush your teeth with it in place.
What happens during the process for Lip and Cheek Bumpers?
To begin, we will create a bumper that is made specifically for you. The bumper is then attached to brackets on the back teeth, often the first or second molars. Every time that you open your mouth to speak, these bumpers are pushing against the back teeth. This opens up space to allow other teeth to come in without causing issues with overcrowding. You should continue to brush your teeth as normal to remove plaque and debris from around the area of the bumper.
If you would like to learn more about lip and cheek bumpers, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members. Our office offers discount plans, low wait times and many amenities, like a snack and beverage bar.