Elastics (Rubber Bands) a very commonly used Orthodontic Treatment in Colts Neck, NJ and Brick, NJ.
What are elastics?
-Elastics are special rubber bands that supply the pressure needed to move teeth and jaws into
their correct position. Elastics are attached using hooks that are part of the bracket or the
Are they important?
-Elastics must be worn to move your teeth and jaw into proper position. It is important to wear
your elastics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless instructed otherwise.
May I take them off?
-If you wear elastics for several hours, then take them off for a while, put them back on, etc. you
will experience back and forth movement and your teeth can set up a resistance that may slow
or stop your progress. Wearing elastics is similar to rolling a ball up a hill, if you stop halfway,
the ball rolls right back to where you started. Only by constantly wearing your elastics as
instructed will you reach your treatment goal. Remove them only to brush your teeth or to eat a
full meal. They should be in place when you eat a snack, go to school, and sleep.
How will it feel?
-They should only bother you for 2-3 days and no more if you wear them continuously. After
that you will find that they will not hurt if you wear them as directed.
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Does your child snore?
Snoring can be a valuable early warning sign that sleep apnea is present. Treating snoring alone can remove this warning system. Many people have purchased snoring therapies on their own, from pharmacies or Internet sites. Most times these therapies do not work and can cause harm, such as TMJD (temporal mandibular joint dysfunction), shifting of the teeth, disturbance of the bite, and severe irritation of the soft tissues on the mouth.
Just as seeing smoke as a warning that a fire may be burning, hearing snoring is a warning that sleep apnea may be present. And just as smokeless fires may be discovered late, with unfortunate consequences, so too may snore-free sleep apnea. Question any healthcare practitioner that treats only snoring without ruling out sleep apnea with a diagnostic sleep study. Read More