How fast do class II elastics move your teeth?

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iob
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How fast do class II elastics move your teeth?

#1 Post by iob » Sun May 22, 2016 3:15 pm

I suppose the first two answers are:
1) "It depends...everyone's rate of movement is a little different."
2) "That's a question for your ortho." I asked. Received response #1 above.

I'm sure there's a decent amount of variability, but is there an average rate of movement (e.g., "x" mm of correction per month) that one can expect with class II elastics? My ortho referenced 2-2.5mm class II when I started elastics. To me, that doesn't sound like very much correction is needed, but whenever my ortho is overly vague on timing I assume it's because it might take awhile.

Has anyone heard specific metrics from their orthodontists or assistants on how much movement per month that they normally expect to see? I'm just trying to get a feel for how long this part will take and couldn't find any reliable research. Thanks!

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Re: How fast do class II elastics move your teeth?

#2 Post by buffon85 » Mon May 23, 2016 2:12 pm

it depends. my bottom extraction gaps closed together,
i had my upper extractions a few months after and expected to happen the same.
when the left gap was completely closed, i could fit my tongue in the other gap.
if your ortho that treats you can't give you an answer, i guess nobody can. just live your life, brush your teeth and enjoy the progress! :tingrin:
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Re: How fast do class II elastics move your teeth?

#3 Post by EWUgal15 » Tue May 24, 2016 8:52 am

My oral surgeon (who is married to one of the orthodontists I see) said on average, movement is about 1mm a month. But take that with a grain of salt...it came from a surgeon.

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#4 Post by iob » Wed May 25, 2016 6:52 am

buffon85 wrote:just live your life, brush your teeth and enjoy the progress!
I'll definitely do all three, but the process is getting old!

Also, my original goal to be done was Feb-April so I'm already over. I know it's not unusual for things to take longer, but you can guess why I'm really interested in knowing how long this part takes.
EWUgal15 wrote:My oral surgeon (who is married to one of the orthodontists I see) said on average, movement is about 1mm a month. But take that with a grain of salt...it came from a surgeon.
I remember reading something about 1mm a month too, but I wasn't sure if that was for an individual tooth or if it also applied to whole arch or shifting both top and bottom. I'm definitely past the 2-2.5 month mark, so either they're moving slower than expected or class II elastics just move teeth less than 1mm a month. I don't know which.

I'd love to hear from anyone who knows how much class II discrepancy they had and how long they had class II elastics to fix it. I'm sure every situation is a little different but I'm just curious about a really rough estimate.

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#5 Post by EWUgal15 » Wed May 25, 2016 10:04 am

iob wrote:I'd love to hear from anyone who knows how much class II discrepancy they had and how long they had class II elastics to fix it. I'm sure every situation is a little different but I'm just curious about a really rough estimate.
I don't know what my measurements were, but I wore Class II triangles from November to February.

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#6 Post by oldfart » Wed May 25, 2016 10:12 am

Strength of elastics also matter. I always asked the strongest they had. Sometimes regretted that request, but still made it.
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#7 Post by iob » Fri May 27, 2016 2:41 pm

How strong is "strong?" I understand there are light, med, heavy, and extra heavy ones. I have medium and they've definitely moved the alignment, just slowly. Did you start out lighter and then ask for heavy?

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#8 Post by Lovespain5 » Fri May 27, 2016 3:17 pm

I started directly with the extra-heavy (Ram) ones but it depends on the case. I had my 4 first premolars extracted. I wore rubber bands for one year and a half.

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#9 Post by iob » Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:50 am

Finally! I guess I was near the end after all. I only have to wear them at night now to hold the new alignment where it is. Overall, not the mm per month that you referenced, EWU and oldfart, but it got there. Call it 5.5 mo to correct 2.5mm, so roughly half a mm per mo. I remember djspeece saying that his ortho claimed his teeth moved slowly because his "head was dense." Maybe that's two of us.

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