The Lip Bumper appliance is used to gain space or arch length for the lower teeth in patients that are still actively growing. The lip bumper is simply a strong wire inserted into the tubes of molar bands which exerts pressure on the molars moving them back to gain needed space.
1. Start wearing the lip bumper slowly: ( ½ hour the 1st day, 1 hour the 2nd day), doubling the wear time daily thereafter until the desired total of 12 hours a day has been achieved.
2. Wear your lip bumper during quiet, non-active times, and eating. Examples: home work, reading, watching TV, sleeping, playing video games.
3. The lip bumper should NEVER be worn during these activities: Playing sports, rough housing with friends, anything active that could cause injury.
4. Patients occasionally experience tooth sensitivity while wearing the lip bumper. This is normal and usually subsides in a week. Treat any soreness with an over-the-counter pain medication. If severe pain occurs, phone our office.
5. Sores from the band tubes rubbing against the cheeks, or from the wire rubbing against the lips may occur. Sores from the bands can be treated by using warm salt water rinses (1tsp per 8oz water) twice daily and placing wax over the offending band tube. Lip sores can be avoided by having the patient use Chapstick or a lubricant on lips before inserting the head gear. Any severe sores should be brought to our attention.
6. Never pull up or down on your lip bumper as this could break the band cement causing a band to come loose. If the band feels/comes loose, STOP wearing the lip bumper and contact our office during normal business hours to have the band re-cemented. Bring the lip bumper to be adjusted if necessary.
7. ALWAYS bring your lip bumper to appointments. It is important for the doctor to check and adjust the appliance.
8. ALWAYS store your lip bumper in the case provided when it is out of your mouth. There is a fee to replace a lost or broken lip bumper.
9. Keep the lip bumper and bands clean. You can use a wash cloth to wipe off the lip bumper (the hard wire part). Keep your bands clean by brushing them after every meal.
10. Any questions regarding your lip bumper should be directed to our orthodontic staff.