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There is a time during your orthodontic treatment that you will need to use elastics, which are also known as rubber bands. This will help you further shift and adjust your teeth so you can have the beautiful and stunning smile you have always wanted. However, this is only the case if you properly care for and use the elastics. There’s no point in using worn-down elastics or even using them if you aren’t doing so properly. So, to help you properly care for and use your braces elastics in Santa Rosa, California, our orthodontist, Dr. Victoria Lynskey, encourages you to do the following things:

– Wear your elastics when instructed. Your orthodontist will tell you when to wear your elastics, which should be most of the day. This will help your teeth keep moving into the desired position because they will continually shock the teeth. Because the elastics make the teeth sore, many people avoid using them. If you want the smile you’re working toward, you’ll need to wear them as often as your orthodontist recommends.

– Remove and change the elastics when needed. The elastics won’t help your smile if they are stretched out. So, use your orthodontist’s tips and replace them when they are worn down. This might mean that you’ll change them once or twice a day. You can also remove them when you clean your smile, but remember to put them back when you complete your oral hygiene routine.

Call Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist today at 707-525-1180 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to properly wear and care for your orthodontic elastics in Santa Rosa, California. The more you know, the better, so please don’t hesitate to ask our orthodontic team! We look forward to helping you.