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Elastic Question?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:46 am
by Megan11
OKay my bottom teeth are done and my ortho assit said I could probably go ahead and get them off. But, I definitely need to continue wearing elastics for my top teeth. As those of you who have elastics know, they connect to the hooks on the bottom brackets....So I was wondering how do you wear elastics when you only have one arch braced?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:18 pm
by peach
I'm not really sure either. I would guess that they keep a band on your molars or a hook bracket just for that purpose. Hopefully someone with experience will give you a definite answer. Congrats on getting the bottoms off! :)

Re: Elastic Question?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:29 pm
by DrJasonKTam
Megan11 wrote:OKay my bottom teeth are done and my ortho assit said I could probably go ahead and get them off. But, I definitely need to continue wearing elastics for my top teeth. As those of you who have elastics know, they connect to the hooks on the bottom brackets....So I was wondering how do you wear elastics when you only have one arch braced?
If you find out could you let me know also? ;) There are ways of moving the entire lower arch, but that would still require some kind of appliance.

Your bottom teeth may be straight, but without a proper relationship to your top teeth, you'll need to keep them on to coordinate the upper and lower arches.

Probably a good idea to speak to the orthodontist :).

Re: Elastic Question?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:42 pm
by Megan11
DrJasonKTam wrote:
Megan11 wrote:OKay my bottom teeth are done and my ortho assit said I could probably go ahead and get them off. But, I definitely need to continue wearing elastics for my top teeth. As those of you who have elastics know, they connect to the hooks on the bottom brackets....So I was wondering how do you wear elastics when you only have one arch braced?
If you find out could you let me know also? ;) There are ways of moving the entire lower arch, but that would still require some kind of appliance.

Your bottom teeth may be straight, but without a proper relationship to your top teeth, you'll need to keep them on to coordinate the upper and lower arches.

Probably a good idea to speak to the orthodontist :).

Oh man, if you don't know that's not good news for me. I suppose they may leave that bracket in place upon removal.... hmmm I'm scared to phone and ask I feel like I have already annoyed the crap out of my ortho haha! :oops:

Thanks Peach! :D