Elastics, also known as rubber bands, are a very normal part of orthodontic treatment. However, we know that people sometimes find them to be a nuisance or difficult to adjust to wearing. It is important to know that Dr. Chris Murphy and Dr. Lisa Peter Howard at Southern Maine Orthodontics has you wearing elastics because they are essential to the completion of the patient’s orthodontic treatment.
The elastics are supposed to be wrong approximately 20-22 hours a day and should only be removed to eat and then to brush and floss their teeth. Additionally, elastics should be changed out for new ones about three times a day.
Elastics allow for the jaw and bite alignment to occur. But they are also the patient’s responsibility, and if the patient does not choose to wear them as directed, it may prolong treatment or affect the final result. Before leaving the office, the patient needs to make sure they understand where and when to wear their rubber bands.
Additionally, not wearing your elastics are directed will actually prolong the soreness one feels when adjusting to rubber bands. Also, never double your rubber band wear unless Dr. Murphy and Dr. Howard instruct you to do so!
Patients should carry extra elastics with them at all times. This way if one breaks you have a replacement ready! If you ever have any questions regarding your elastics or braces treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our office – we’re here to help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve!