Elastic (Rubberband) Wear
The purpose of elastics (rubber bands) is to apply a force on selected teeth to help them “fit” better and correct your bite. Elastics can move teeth in a way that cannot be done with braces alone. You will be asked to wear your elastics either full-time or every night.
Please wear your elastics all the time. You can remove them when you eat a meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and are brushing/flossing your teeth. This is also a good time to place new elastics (they lose their force after several hours). Try to keep fresh elastics on your teeth at all times.
Please wear your elastics every night (sleep in them). Now let’s go back and repeat that together – wear your elastics every night (not some nights). Why the big deal? Because these elastics are your ticket to the fastest, most ideal result you can get. Unfortunately, they just don’t work unless they are worn every night.
If you lose your elastics or run out, just call our office or e-mail us and we can send you more.
When you first start wearing the elastics, they will make your teeth sore. If you continue wearing them as instructed, that discomfort will go away in a couple of days.
By wearing your elastics as instructed, you will be doing your part in keeping your orthodontic treatment on schedule.