Elastics – what are they?
When our doctors use the word ‘elastics’ they are referring to tiny rubber bands. These tiny rubber bands apply pressure to the teeth in certain directions that braces alone can not. These elastics are connected to tiny hooks on your braces or Invisalign trays. The elastics can be taken in and out, and your doctor will instruct you on how often to wear them, as well as what configuration they should be worn in. Elastics should only be worn as prescribed by your orthodontist.
What if my elastics break?
If your elastics break, simply replace them with a new one. If you run out of elastics, call our office and we will gladly ship you a new pack. Although it is not common for elastics to break, sometimes opening too wide or too much stretch of the elastic will cause it to tear. If your elastics repeatedly break, contact our office and we will fit you to a more appropriate elastic size.
What You Can Eat with Braces?
As a general rule, patients with braces should avoid anything sticky, crunchy, or hard. Some of these foods include popcorn, peanuts, gum, caramel, and hard chips. These foods can cause brackets to break, which can lengthen orthodontic treatment time and cause emergency visits.