Ask The Orthodontist
What are Orthodontic Elastics?
Elastics are tiny rubber bands that move your teeth in a way that
braces alone cannot. They help improve how upper and lower
teeth fit together (your bite). You hook elastics onto your braces.
Once they're in, they work with braces to line up your teeth.
It may take a couple days to get used to putting on your elastics.
But after that, you will probably be able to hook them up with
your eyes closed. For the first week, your mouth may be a little
sore or you may even have a slight headache. Over the counter
pain relievers may help you feel better.
Elastics can break. You might feel one snap in you mouth. Once Licensed Specialist
in a while, you might even swallow one. This isn't a problem. Just remember to
replace the broken one with a new one.
illie A. Lantor of West
Bloomfield celebrated her
100th birthday with a
Sunday brunch at the
Fiddler restaurant, hosted by her son
and daughter-in-law, Arnold and
Beverly Lantor. Many of her eight
grandchildren and two great-grand-
children were there as well as friends
and relatives from New York, New
Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio,
California and Colorado. Her son and
daughter-in-law, Dr. Herbert and
Marilyn Lantor, had previously taken
her on a family trip to a resort in
Pennsylvania. Mrs. Lantor was mar-
ried for over 50 years to the late
Morris A. Lantor.
You'll probably wear your elastics nearly 24 hours a day. If you wear them
sporadically they can be more uncomfortable, as your teeth will have more
difficulty adjusting to the forces they exert. It is best to carry plenty of spares so
you can replace a broken one right away. Wearing elastics inconsistently will
increase the time you will wear your braces and affect the final result.
Wear elastics at night. Most people keep elastics in while eating. But if they get in
the way, you may remove them. Follow your orthodontist's instructions.
Take elastics out when cleaning your teeth and replace them when done. Keep
elastics in during activities and sports unless you need to wear a mouthguard. Of
course replace the elastics when done and as often as directed by your orthodontist.
The bottom line is elastics, when needed, can help you have a nice straight smile.
For more information you may call our office at 248-360-7700 in West Bloomfield /
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