24. elastics

Wearing rubber bands is essential to treatment. To get the best results, remember:

  1. You are responsible to place and change the rubber bands on your braces every day. Be sure to wear them as instructed.
  2. Always carry a few rubber bands with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call us for more.
  3. If you happen to forget to wear them one day, don’t double up the next day. Follow your regular instructions.
  4. Rubber bands get tired. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper tension on your teeth and jaws. It’s very important to change them as directed, even if they’re not broken.

If you have any problems like elastics breaking frequently, a loose wire or band, or a hook that’s broken–call us immediately. Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment. These problems should be corrected as soon as possible.

Remember, being compliant in wearing your rubber bands, following all instructions and keeping appointments are the quickest and easiest ways to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.