Elastics

For the first few days of using elastics, your teeth will probably be sore. This is normal. As soon as your teeth get used to the new pressure, the soreness will disappear. A pain reliever such as Tylenol, Aleve or Motrin might be helpful. As long as you continue to wear your elastics, the teeth will not be sore again. However, if you take a long break from your elastics, you may go through days of soreness again.

Make sure you have enough elastics before you leave the office; usually 1 or 2 packs is enough until your next visit. If you run out or lose them, come in and pick some up or call our office and we will drop some in the mail to you.

If you follow these basic instructions that we have given you and wear your elastics all day and all night, your treatment will progress as planned and you will be on your way to a beautiful and healthy smile.

Elastics are very important to the progress of your treatment. They provide the force or "pull" needed to move your teeth into a proper alignment to achieve a good bite. Before you leave our office, make sure you clearly understand where to place your elastics. You may need to use a mirror at first, but you will soon be able to change them without a mirror and with very little effort.

The rules for wearing elastics

For elastics to be effective, they are to be worn 24 hours per day unless instructed otherwise. Constant wear of your elastics is essential. If you forget to wear them one day, the progress that you achieved for the last two days may be lost.

Nighttime elastic wear alone will not move your teeth. You must be true to yourself about wearing elastics so your elastics will be true to you. Remember, this is ultimately your responsibility; we are here to coach you through this process. Your final result greatly depends on how well you wear your elastics.

For maximum benefit, elastics are also to be changed 4 times per day; morning, noon, afternoon, and at night before going to bed.

You should take your elastics off only to eat and to brush your teeth. When you remove them, put them on your little finger as a reminder to put them back on. Some patients choose to eat with their elastics on and are rewarded with getting their braces off sooner.

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