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 as instructed by Dr. Kwon and changed every day. Any time missed in wearing your elastics will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:
- You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them consistently as instructed. Remove them for meals and when brushing your teeth 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 you need more elastics, you may call our office and we will mail you additional elastics.
- 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. It is very important to change them as directed, even when they are not broken.
If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off — call our office immediately. Don’t wait until your next appointment. These problems need to be corrected as soon as possible!