Management of maxilla and mandibular fractures are based on the principles of reduction, fixation and immobilization of the fracture segments.
One of the processes of reduction is to apply continuous and gradual elastic traction by placing elastics from the upper and lower arch bars in a definite manner and direction as per the fracture line. Orthodontic elastic separators are versatile, and the major advantage is the higher traction forces as compared to conventional elastics.
Prestretched separator elastics were guided over the arch bar or fixed orthodontic appliances to provide desired traction.
Orthodontic elastic separators are therefore versatile, and the major advantage is the higher traction forces as compared to conventional elastics. They provide an edge over the use of wires as they tend to break off by work hardening.
Therefore, we have adapted orthodontic separators and have used them in place of conventional elastics for the last 10 years with appreciable results after taking informed consent from the patients.
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Mohanty, R., Jha, C. Use of Elastomeric Separators in Maxillofacial Fracture Reduction. J. Maxillofac. Oral Surg. 20, 700–701 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12663-021-01525-0