Elastics move the teeth in a direction that cannot be accomplished with braces alone.

Wearing your elastics is the most important thing you can do to stay on track with your treatment.

Elastic wear must be constant to be effective (24 hours a day, 7 days a week!), unless otherwise indicated.


Your teeth and jaws may be tender the first few days of wearing the elastics. This is normal and should begin to disappear within a week.


Attaching your elastics may seem hard initially. However, with a little time and patience, you will be able to accomplish this task easily.


You may remove the elastics only when eating your meals or brushing your teeth. Be sure to replace the elastics immediately following mealtime and brushing. Part-time wear does NOT move teeth, but it does cause them to be constantly sore.


Change the elastics daily even if they are not broken. After a while, elastics lose their strength.


Carry extra elastics with you at all times. If you don't have enough elastics to last until your next appointment, please stop by our office and pick more up or call us and we can send more to you. We don't want you to run out.


Elastic wear is an important key to the speed of your treatment and the final results we can achieve. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck with your elastics!