Posted on Feb 20, 2016
Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth in order to help them move into their correct position. The end result is a straight, beautiful smile! However, in some cases, the wires and brackets aren’t enough and you may need to use elastics (tiny rubber bands that attach to the brackets of your braces) to apply additional pressure to get your teeth in the correct position.
These tiny rubber bands will attach to an upper bracket with tiny loops and stretch to a corresponding bottom bracket. You will need to wear your elastics every day in order to provide the correct amount of pressure to guide your teeth to where they need to be.
You will be allowed to take the elastics out in order to eat. If you leave them in, you won’t be able to open your mouth wide enough to take bites and the food will become stuck in the elastics. Dr. Rhoda Lockett will teach you how to correctly use your elastics. You’ll get used to them in no time!
Below are a few tips to help you out while you’re using the elastics:
If you have any questions about your elastics, or if you’ve run out of them, please contact Lockett Orthodontics, located in Colorado Springs, CO!
We offer orthodontics services for all ages, young and old - it’s never too late to correct your teeth and obtain the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!
Our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist and staff are excited to get to know you and help you achieve your perfect smile!
Address: 3210 E. Woodmen Rd. #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920