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by jtsang
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tools to put on your elastics
Replies: 5
Views: 4218

Tools to put on your elastics

Hi!
I wonder how (what tools) do you use put on your elastics? I tried my finger but it's bit clumberson. I resorted to a tweezer but it still takes a few attempts and a few snapped away from me..

Is there a magical tool that makes putting the elastic band on easier?
by jtsang
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

I was told by my ortho that I would need to change them about 4 times a day. I change them after every meal, and at night before bed so this works out to 4-5 times per day. I got two baggies of elastics. Would it last me until next month if I change them 4 times a day? If you change your elastics 5...
by jtsang
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No pain since braces
Replies: 45
Views: 3274

Re: No pain since braces

Great progress. My ortho recommends changing elastics several times a day at least, as they do lose their pulling power fairly quickly. A orthodontist once wrote here that replacing elastics is like getting a new adjustment (or words to that effect) which made sense to me. I change mine about 5 tim...
by jtsang
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No pain since braces
Replies: 45
Views: 3274

Re: No pain since braces

WOW, what a progress jtsang!!! It is wonderful to see what braces alone can do! I think you were recommended surgery, weren't you? I am very happy that you can avoid that route now and surely have a great result from just braces. Good luck! Yes Anna. I was recommended jaw surgery when I was 19.. Th...
by jtsang
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

I'm pretty sure just about every ortho will mail you more if you ask; they really want you to wear them and they are really cheap. Personally, I changed them every time I had to take them out... that meant after every meal (or snack) and at bedtime. I kept a pack in each bathroom at home, and a pac...
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

TMJJill wrote:I only ran out once. I'm 45 minutes away from my Orthodontist. I called them when I got low and they just stuck a couple packages in the mail for me. No charge, no hassle. :)
Nice!!
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No pain since braces
Replies: 45
Views: 3274

Re: No pain since braces

chichi wrote:Your teeth are looking great! I have the same elastic configuration, but only on the right side :)
why only on one side?
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No pain since braces
Replies: 45
Views: 3274

Re: No pain since braces

Moving right along!! Looking good there. Ortho hasn't said anything about me needing elastics! Thank you Mrs Charisma!! your progress is looking great as well!! I am definitely feeling the pressure of the elastics.. again, not painful.. but with every adjustments, eating is a bit tender the first t...
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

chichi wrote:
jtsang wrote:I got two baggies of elastics. Would it last me until next month if I change them 4 times a day?
It depends on how many elastics are in your baggies. Mine come in packs of 100.. not sure whether that's standard or not
should i pour them out and count?? it's not labeled on the bag..
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

mapleleafman888 wrote:I was told by my ortho that I would need to change them about 4 times a day. I change them after every meal, and at night before bed so this works out to 4-5 times per day.
I got two baggies of elastics. Would it last me until next month if I change them 4 times a day?
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

I usually change mine twice a day. I started out changing them once a day because that's what the assistant said to do, but they lose their elasticity pretty quickly. chichi, I should had google searched before posting here. http://www.getyourbraces.com/elastics-(rubber-bands).html Answered most of...
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: When did you start wearing elasticits?
Replies: 20
Views: 1453

Re: When did you start wearing elasticits?

It's been 4 months and 3 weeks for me. I just started elastics today. There's a sea lion on my bag of elastics. Size 1/4" 6.4 mm heavy.. not sure what that means..
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: One Year in Braces
Replies: 23
Views: 1389

Re: One Year in Braces

wow! that's great progress!!
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1574

How long before needing to change elastics?

Hi! I just got elastics today. How long can I wear them before putting on a new pair? Thanks!
by jtsang
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No pain since braces
Replies: 45
Views: 3274

Re: No pain since braces

Woohoo!! Elastics today!! Anyone know how long I can wear it before changing the elastic out for a fresh pair?