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Wearing Elastics

Wearing Elastics

Elastics are rubber bands that are attached to your braces. They are designed to create the exact amount of pressure on your teeth that is needed to move them. In order for the elastics to keep a steady force, they must be worn all the time and they must be changed every day.

Please Note: If you choose not to wear your elastics as prescribed, your treatment will take longer.

Here are some tips for the proper care of your rubber bands:.

It is your responsibility to change the elastics every day. This is very important as the rubber will lose its elasticity rapidly, resulting in an inadequate force on your teeth.

You may remove your rubber bands while brushing your teeth after meals. Then put them back on immediately.

Keep extra rubber bands with you wherever you go so that if one breaks you can replace it right away.

Wear Sports Mouthguards

If you play sports while you are in treatment, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth, braces, and appliance while in treatment. In the case of a sports emergency, please make sure to contact our office. Make sure to check your mouth for any damages.

When to Call

As your supply gets low, call us so that you don’t experience a gap in treatment time.

If you find that your elastics are breaking frequently, call us, as we may need to make an adjustment to your braces.

Woodbridge: (703) 897-6453
Ashburn: (703) 726-6561

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