About Braces


Elastics move the teeth in a direction which cannot be accomplished with braces alone. Your teeth and jaws may be tender the first few days of wearing elastics. This feeling is normal and should begin to disappear within a week. If your soreness persists longer, please call our office. Rinsing with warm salt water will help take away the tenderness.

Trying on your elastics may seem difficult initially; however, with a little time and patience, you will be able to accomplish this task easily. Elastic wear is an important key to the speed of your treatment and the final results we can achieve.

Elastic wear must be constant to be effective – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – unless otherwise indicated. You may remove elastics only when eating your meals or brushing your teeth. Leave them in during snacking. Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately following mealtime and brushing. Part-time wear does NOT move teeth, but it does cause them to constantly be sore.

Change the elastics routinely even if they are not broken. After a while, elastics lose their strength; so they should be changed after each meal and before bedtime. If one elastic breaks, replace both sides. Carry extra elastics with you at all times. If you don’t have enough to last until your next appointment, please stop by our office to pick up some more; or call us and we can send more to you. We don’t want you to run out.