Lip Bumper

PATIENT EDUCATION

lip_bumper.jpgThe purpose of the Lip Bumper is to hold your lower molars back while allowing your lower front teeth to move forward which in turn makes more space for crowded teeth. This occurs because the bumper keeps the lower lip off of the lower front teeth, and at the same time puts a force on the back teeth to prevent them from coming forward. It's generally a preferred alternative to teeth extraction

How  does a Lip Bumper work?

A lip bumper is a dental appliance that is basically a wire that is partially coated in plastic that slides into two metal molar bands at either end and lines the front side of the lower teeth. It removes lip and cheek pressure from the teeth and essentially stretches or widens the arch of the lower jaw. Then every time you talk, laugh or smile, your lip pushes on the bumper.

This push prevents the permanent molars from sliding forward as primary (or baby) teeth are lost and permanent teeth come in. For this reason, lip bumpers are most effective if started before all the primary teeth are lost.

How  often  do you wear it?

The lip bumper has rubber tubing for your comfort and should be worn 24 hours a day. Unless you show it to your friends, nobody should even be able to tell you are wearing it. It should not interfere with normal movement, talking, eating or brush­ing. When the lip bumper is first placed the inside of the lip or the cheek may become irritated causing some slight redness. If you experience any pain however, call the office immediately.

How long will it take?

The length of time that a lip bumper is worn is determined by the amount of crowding and the eruption of the premolars.

Can  I eat  with a lip bumper?

Yes, please leave your lip bumper in while eating. But remember, be sure to brush the lip bumper thoroughly every time you brush as food can get caught underneath it. Avoid eating hard, chewy or sticky foods. They will damage your lip bumper or cause your bands to come off. This would necessitate additional trips to our office and add considerable time to your treatment.

What happen if it comes dislodged?

Because the lip bumper is not tied in, it may become dislodged causing the bar to slip out of the molar tubes. If this happens, gently reinsert one side at a time making sure that the bumps are facing down towards the gums. Most patients learn to quickly slide it in and out in a day or two. If you are unable to get it back in place, please call the office.

Remember, a lip bumper is an important part of your treatment. Wearing and caring for your lip bumper as instructed will allow you to get your braces sooner, and help give you a lifetime of big, beautiful smiles.