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trillium
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Elastics question

#1 Post by trillium »

I just got elastics on friday (for the record... mountain gorillas). This is kind of a silly question... when you take out your elastics to eat, where do you put them? I had thought of putting them in my pocket but they might get fuzzy (ewww) or I might have something in my pocket- like coins (ewww). They said to change them twice a day- which doesn't quite coincide with 3 meals a day. It's okay if I'm home, but if I'm at work or at the mall or a restaurant, where should I put them?
04/09/09- Consult, 04/21/09- Spacers in, 04/23/09- Braces on, 06/01/09- Extractions
06/25/09- First Adjustment (new wire, but same size- all the way to bck molars- after extractions)
08/20/09- Second adjustment (same size wire but got Powerchains top and bottom!!!)
10/02/09- 3rd adj (same size wire, new powerchain, started elastics)
12/10/09- 4th adj. (same size wire, new powerchain, same elastics)
02/11/10- 5th adj.

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#2 Post by drrick »

wrap them around your finger
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#3 Post by Lela »

I never re-used elastics. When I took them out for a meal they were replaced with a fresh set after I'd eaten and brushed. Three meals and three sets of elastics a day :D

So my answer would be: in the trash!
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#4 Post by socksy »

Yes, I agree with Lela - drop them in the trash. :) I wear mine 24-hours per day and I never reuse them. You'll find when you put a fresh set in they are tighter, so I think they lose their elasticity quickly. I change mine in the morning and every time I brush during the day (after meals, basically).
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#5 Post by iBorg »

In my napkin. Then the trash.

Then I put new ones in.

If I run out, my ortho will drop me new ones in the mail or I can drop in at her office and get a couple of packs and a great hot chocolate.

Mike
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#6 Post by jxds »

The easiest thing to do is just replace them each time you have to take them out. Often I try to keep them in to snack so I don't use more than 3 sets a day, in certain cases I use a napkin but mostly just throw them away and use a new set. You'll feel the tightness, I love that feeling! :P
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#7 Post by KimC »

I am supposed to keep mine in when I eat (which is easier said than done). I do usually try and do it unless I am eating in front of people who might find it a little gross. But I do change tehm when I brush after every meal. I do notice the new ones are tighter and feel like it might help speed things along.

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#8 Post by iBorg »

A good solution to carrying them is to put them in a half filled wax container. I normally can put ten elastics (enough for a couple of days) and have wax available in case I need the wax. I will need he elastics.

Mike
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But who's counting?
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#9 Post by trillium »

thanks everyone... I'll just change them after meals and call for more when I run out.

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04/09/09- Consult, 04/21/09- Spacers in, 04/23/09- Braces on, 06/01/09- Extractions
06/25/09- First Adjustment (new wire, but same size- all the way to bck molars- after extractions)
08/20/09- Second adjustment (same size wire but got Powerchains top and bottom!!!)
10/02/09- 3rd adj (same size wire, new powerchain, started elastics)
12/10/09- 4th adj. (same size wire, new powerchain, same elastics)
02/11/10- 5th adj.

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#10 Post by mwic1985 »

I never reuse mine!
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