Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day. Time missed in wearing your elastics makes your treatment longer.
You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure you wear them as instructed and only remove them when brushing your teeth, gums, and braces after meals. Then put them back on immediately. Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call us and we will mail you some more.
If you forget to insert your elastics one day, don’t double up the next day, just follow your regular instructions.
Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. For this reason change them daily, even when they are not broken.
If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off call us. Don’t wait until your next appointment, these problems need to be corrected as soon as possible!