Elastics or rubberbands are used to help move your teeth
from one place to another. If the rubberbands are not worn
as directed, the teeth will not move and treatment will be
* Elastics should be worn twenty-four hours a day (unless
* 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 all the time. If one should
break, and they will, you can then replace it immediately.
* Should you lose them or run low, please stop by the office
to pick some up or call so that we can mail you more.
* 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.
* Your elastics may be difficult to put on in the beginning.
After a few days of practice, placing the elastics will become
* Poor elastic wear will increase your treatment time.
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 either reinstruct you or fix the problem that is
preventing you from getting them on. This is not considered
an emergency but we do want to fix the problem ASAP.