During your treatment, you may be asked to wear elastics. These are used to improve the bite relationship.

  • It is normal for your teeth to feel sore, and for your bite to feel different, when you begin wearing elastics. Over-the-counter pain relievers can ease the discomfort. The soreness will subside as you continue wearing the elastics regularly.
  • You may remove the elastics while you eat, play sports, and brush your teeth. However, if you can eat while wearing your elastics, please do so.
  • You must wear your elastics for the prescribed amount of time and on the correct teeth in order for them to be effective. Change them three times a day (or after meals).
  • Forgetting to wear your elastics for even one day can cause the teeth to move back. It can take about two days to make up for this.
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