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Elastics & Rubber Bands

Elastics or rubber bands are used to help move your teeth from one place to another. If the rubber bands are not worn as directed, the teeth will not move and treatment will be prolonged. Elastics play a very important role in completing your treatment. Below is a list of things you should be familiar with:

  • The day you start your elastics, you will be given an elastic instruction card. This will show you the correct way to wear your elastics.
  • Elastics should be worn twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week unless you have been told otherwise.
  • Remove elastics only when you brush your teeth or eat meals. Put them around a finger so that you will remember to put them back in immediately afterwards.
  • Carry extra elastics with you at all times. If one should break, and they will, you can replace it immediately.
  • Should you lose your elastics or run low, please stop by the oce to pick some up or call so that we can mail you more. We do not want you to lose any wear time.
  • Sometimes the teeth will get sore when the elastics are started. Usually, this soreness lasts only a few days. Wearing elastics sporadically will also cause tooth soreness and makes it difficult to move the teeth.
  • Do not double up on your elastics to make up for lost time. It does not work and you could actually shock the tooth which can lock it in the bone preventing the tooth from moving the way that we want it to move.
  • Elastics will lose their strength after a period of time so you should change them at least three times a day.

Your elastics may be difficult to put on in the beginning. After a few days of practice, placing the elastics will become very easy.

If, for some reason, you cannot wear your elastics as you have been instructed, please call our office for an appointment so that we can fix the problem. This is not considered an emergency but we do want to fix the problem ASAP.

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