Elastics worn with braces create a gentle, continuous force,
used for aligning one arch to the other. If elastics are worn one day
and left off the next, your teeth will set up resistance that will slow
your progress. Progress will also slow if elastics are worn for a week
and then you skip a day. Teeth always move if elastics are worn
correctly. The more rubber bands are worn, the faster and more
completely the correction will occur. Less than full time wear greatly
lengthens treatment time and decreases the chances of a successful
outcome. Wearing elastics while eating accelerates tooth movement!
Elastics should only be removed during brushing and should be
changed afterwards. Elastics should also be changed when they break or
Initially, the elastics may feel a little awkward, but you
should adapt to it within a few days. It is normal for teeth to become
sore during the first 3-5 days of wear. This will subside after a few
days. Advil or Children’s Advil will alleviate this type of discomfort
more effectively than Tylenol. If rubber band wear is stopped for a
significant time and then restarted, some soreness may recur. Increased
saliva flow for 2-3 days is also normal with elastic wear.
Carefully following these instructions and wearing your
elastics as prescribed will increase the likelihood of obtaining the
If you run out of elastics, please contact Dr. Parigini's office immediately to arrange for pick-up or mailing of additional elastics.