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All About Elastics

All About Elastics
Posted on 04/14/2016

Orthodontic braces consist of brackets and wires that are designed to apply consistent pressure to the teeth, thus causing the teeth to move into the correct position. In some cases elastics or tiny rubber bands are used to apply additional pressure to move teeth. In general, elastics are used for bite correction and for closing spaces between teeth.

An Overview of Importance

Elastics are an important part of your orthodontic treatment, making it essential that you learn everything there is to know about them.

If you are wearing braces that utilize elastics, our staff will show you how to attach the elastics so that the process becomes second nature to you.

It is important to follow all directions your orthodontist gives you about elastics in order to ensure your treatment go along as planned. If you fail to wear your elastics as directed, your progress can be delayed.

Wearing Elastics

In order to achieve optimal tooth movement, your elastics should be worn at all times unless your orthodontist tells you otherwise. When you visit our practice (whether it be in Cherry Hill, Deptford, or one of our other four locations) we will tell you how often to replace your elastics so they don’t become stretched out and ineffective.

If an elastic snaps or breaks at any point, be sure to replace it with a new one right away. If you forget which teeth to put the elastics on, please call our practice and we will remind you. And if you are running low on elastics, come by one of our offices (Cherry Hill, East Orange, West New York, Lawrenceville, Deptford, NJ and Langhorne, PA) for more, instead of waiting until your next appointment.

Do Not Wear Two Elastics Instead of One

Some patients double up on their elastics and wear two at night because they've skipped wearing them during the day. This is a very bad idea because it changes the force load and can cause unexpected tooth movements that are counter-productive to the goals you and your orthodontist are trying to achieve.

All About Elastics 2Good Elastics Compliance Leads to Greater Results

It is important to remember that improving your smile is a team effort. When you wear your elastics as instructed by your orthodontist you will be doing your part in creating a straight and healthy smile you'll be proud to show off.

Contact Us With Your Questions or Concerns

The team at My Orthodontist is always happy to speak with you, so don't hesitate to contact us with your questions and/or concerns about elastics, or any aspect of your orthodontic treatment.

Whether you're from Langhorne, PA, Deptford, NJ, or anywhere in between, we encourage you to schedule an appointment and get started on achieving the straighter smile of your dreams today. At My Orthodontist, we have the orthodontic treatment options to meet all your family's needs!

My Orthodontist

  • Lawrenceville Office - 3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg. 1A, Suite 101, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 Phone: (609) 883-3636 Fax: (609) 883-3382
  • West New York Office - 431 59th St., West New York, NJ 07093 Phone: (201) 223-2700 Fax: 201-590-9560
  • Cherry Hill Office - 1940 E. Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 Phone: (856) 428-1441 Fax: 856-424-1309
  • Deptford Office - 1800 Clements Bridge Rd., Deptford Township, NJ 08096 Phone: (856) 845-7846 Fax: 856-251-0649
  • East Orange Office - 185 Central Ave., Suite 305, East Orange, NJ 07018 Phone: (973) 672-4141 Fax: 973-672-1005
  • Langhorne, PA Office - 586 Middletown Blvd., Suite C-10, Langhorne, PA 19047 Phone: (215) 750-7779 Fax: 215-750-7848
  • Bayonne Office - 1222 JFK Blvd., Bayonne, NJ 07002 Phone: (201) 355-2467
  • Paterson Office - 1010 Main St. 2nd Floor, Suite 8, Paterson, NJ 07503 Phone: (862) 881-4962
  • Medford Office - 686 Stokes Rd., Medford, NJ 08055 Phone: (609) 643-0023

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