What is a "monkey box" elastics configuration for?

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uncdl
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What is a "monkey box" elastics configuration for?

#1 Post by uncdl »

I tried to search for the term "monkey box" and it came back with ALL kinds of posts that had the word box in it SO, I'm asking (quite possibly in repeat of someone else - Sorry!) what does a monkey box configuration of elastics do? The assistant made the motions of a square box in the front of your teeth. I don't have this, but I have a sneaking suspicion I'm headed that way... :roll:

Thanks!
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Andromeda
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#2 Post by Andromeda »

Im assuming the word monkey is the size elastic they would use. Many orthos use elastics that differentiate between sizes by naming each kind a different animal name. I think its probably for kids so they remember it easier. Monkey elastics would have a specific weight/thickness of the band and a specific diameter. Some are stronger and some are lighter and more stretcht.

The box formation means you hook the elastic onto your top teeth and then onto the bottom teth in the shape of a box. If you google "box elastics" and search for images, you will see pictures of what it looks like.

Hope that helps!

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#3 Post by Audra »

This site has pics and explanations. I agree that the "monkey" would be the type (strength) of elastics. I wear fox elastics.

http://www.get-it-straight.com/rubber-bands.html
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Lela
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#4 Post by Lela »

That's a handy link Audra, thanks! I now know I've been wearing a variation of the short classII configuration. :D

My elastics don't have cute animal names :( Just boring old "medium" or "heavy".
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#5 Post by Andromeda »

Yea mine actually have the names of countries. So far I've only worn Switzerland which is heavy, and Thailand which is super heavy.

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#6 Post by electrokitty »

Mine are named after fruits... I have had apple and now raspberry.

At first when my ortho gave me the bag I thought they might be flavoured but they aren't!
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#7 Post by Andromeda »

Haha I think they do make flavored ones! I've read about them but I can't imagine they keep their flavor for very long. Probably like a stick of chewing gum.

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#8 Post by uncdl »

I have to say, when I was putting in my elastics today, I couldn't help but think: Yum, rubberband taste... :roll:
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#9 Post by allisun »

I had the box configuration, plus class II elastics on either side. It was really not that bad, even when I was on my first-ever overseas vacation. Like everything else braces-related, I had a split second reaction of horror when I first saw them on, but really... they do work fast and I got over it quickly.

Up until recently I only had elastics with color names on the bags, but recently I got Ostriches! :lol:

Good luck with your monkey box!

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