Wearing Elastics

Why do we need to use elastics?

Elastics are used to exert a gentle, continuous force to help the upper and lower teeth meet properly. By helping to achieve an ideal bite, the elastics make corrections that the braces alone cannot accomplish. With excellent cooperation wearing the elastics, you can make a big difference in helping your treatment have a successful result and stay on time, too.

When do the elastics need to be worn?

Elastics need to be worn 24 hours per day. With practice, you should learn to eat with your elastics in place. If you remove them for any reason, replace them as soon as possible.

Elastics usually need to be replaced two to three times a day, or whenever needed. If elastics are not worn consistently for 24 hours a day, then your teeth will not move. Even missing one day of elastic wear can cause the teeth to shift back to their original positions!

What else can be expected?

During the first 24 to 48 hours of elastic wear, you may experience some soreness. Take Advil or Tylenol as needed. If discomfort occurs, keep wearing your elastics. The discomfort will subside within the first day or two and the elastics will become comfortable after that. Do not skip a day of elastic wear, because this tends to increase discomfort.

Helpful Hints

  • Always carry extra elastics with you; we will give you plenty of them. Leave an extra pack in your book bag and in the car.
  • Do not “double up” elastics. If the force is too strong, it could injure the roots of your teeth and make them move slower.
  • If you lose your elastics or are running low, call our office. You can stop by and get more, or we’ll mail them to you. We ship worldwide!
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us. We are here to help you.

Congratulations!

You are on your way to a healthy bite and a beautiful smile!