Wearing and Caring For Elastics 

Orthodontically Yours strives to make the orthodontic experience a pleasant one for patients of all ages. Our Thornhill and Mississauga, ON practice wants your treatment to be as effective as possible. After all, once you've finished wearing braces or Invisalign, you'll have an incredible smile you can enjoy for the rest of your life!

Elastics are a key part of your treatment when you're wearing braces, as they're designed to apply the needed pressure onto your appliances to assist with tooth movement. It’s very important that you are compliant regarding your elastics to ensure you get that perfectly straight and healthy smile.

Your elastics should be worn at all times except for when you're eating, brushing, or flossing your teeth. You also must be sure to change your elastics at least once per day as they become stretched out. They come in many sizes with each having their own specific purpose. We will provide you with the appropriate size along with specific directions for changing your elastics. Neglecting to wear your elastics for even one day can cause your teeth to shift back into their original position, so make sure to keep them on at all times.

Here are some things to remember about your elastics:

  • Patient Compliance is a Must – It’s imperative that you commit to wearing your elastics and follow your personalized treatment plan to achieve desired results.
  •  Do Not Double Up – If you miss a day of wearing your elastics, do not wear double elastics the next day. Instead, follow the instructions we gave you.
  • Change Your Elastics Daily – Because your elastics will stretch out and lose their elasticity, you need to change them each day.
  • Call Us If You Have Problems –  If any part of your braces break or loosen, contact us right away for an appointment. It’s necessary for us to make the repairs quickly so you can continue wearing your elastics.

Contact Your Local Mississauga, ON Orthodontist!

If you have any questions about your elastics or any other aspect of your treatment, we encourage you to contact us! We strive to make the experience of wearing braces a pleasant and even fun time! To make an appointment for yourself or your child, please complete the Request a Consultation form. One of our team members will then get in touch with you to set up an appointment time that best fits your schedule. We look forward to seeing you in one of our two office locations soon and helping you achieve the amazing smile you deserve!