To help give you a better idea of why elastics are used with your braces, let us explain what they are, why they’re used and how to take care of them!
What are Elastics?
Elastics are used to detail your bite — to help correct poor bites such as underbites, overbites and crossbites. There are many different ways to wear elastics, and how long you wear them is determined by Dr Hassey. We will instruct you on exactly how to wear your elastics and when and how often to change them. Since your elastics lose their elasticity with use, it’s recommended to replace them at least once a day, especially after eating and brushing.
Who Needs Elastics?
Not everyone with braces needs to wear elastics. It all depends on your particular treatment plan. Elastics come in different sizes and strengths. Even though your teeth may look straight, if the upper and lower teeth and/or jaws do not line up correctly, it can result in a poor bite. Elastics are used together with brackets and archwires to correct these types of issues!
Taking Care of Elastics.
If you are instructed to wear elastics, know that they are a very important to achieve a better smile and finished result. You can remove your elastics while eating, brushing and flossing. Just don’t forget to put them back on after you are done!
Forgetting to replace them or failing to wear them as directed could delay your progress and extend your treatment time. So make sure you always have plenty on hand, in your pocket or backpack should you need to change them! We will make sure to give you enough replacement elastics, but if you notice you are running low in between appointments or lose them, feel free to contact our office. We will be happy to mail them to you or you can stop by during our regular office hours to pick up extra packs.
If you have questions about how to wear your elastics, contact our office today! Your new smile will thank you later!