Post Operative instructions for Space Maintainers

  • Keep your child away from sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy foods, such as gum, caramels, Milk Duds, licorice, gummy bears, jelly beans, beef jerky, nuts, popcorn, ice, hard candies, jaw breakers, and corn on the cob, as these can break down the cement or distort the wires of the space maintainer.
  • Tell your child to avoid pulling on or poking the wire(s).
  • If your child’s space maintainer comes loose or breaks, call our office so we can evaluate and decide whether the appliance needs to be reinforced or rebuilt.