How often do you change your elastics?

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katiedominique
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How often do you change your elastics?

#1 Post by katiedominique »

I'm wearing elastics full time. And I change them after every meal, so 3 times a day. I think I'm going to run out before my next appointment. Do I change them too much? I feel like they lose their elasticity after a few hours. Thanks!!

FlyByNight
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#2 Post by FlyByNight »

When I take them out, I always put new ones in. Ortho offices are really good at not giving you enough. Every appointment I would ask for 2 bags and I ended up with a pile of unopened bags at the end of my treatment.

daycard
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#3 Post by daycard »

After every meal. If I have 3, 3 times. If I have 5, 5 times. They gave me enough, I have like 1000 haha. Go to your ortho without an appointment and ask for them. I'm sure the recepcionist can give them to you

katiedominique
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#4 Post by katiedominique »

Great. Thanks guys. Seems annoying to have to go up there for just a bag of bands. But cheers!!

Lovespain5
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#5 Post by Lovespain5 »

Changing them after each meal, that's exactly what I did too.
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Mpkh
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#6 Post by Mpkh »

I try to change them whenever I eat/brush. Sometimes I get lazy and don't take them out if what I'm eating doesn't require a lot of chewing or me opening up my mouth real big.
Braced: April 07, 2017
Debraced: February 08, 2019
Sentence: 18-24 months
Actual time in braces: 22 months and 1 day
Reason: Straighten teeth, correct crossbite and edge-to-edge bite

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Gbr45
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#7 Post by Gbr45 »

every 3-4 hours is what my ortho told me to do

Sparhawk
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#8 Post by Sparhawk »

I used to do it every 6 hours but now i only do it after each meal.

moonbraced
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Re: How often do you change your elastics?

#9 Post by moonbraced »

I just got my braces and elastics on today with my first elastic. The dentist gave me a set of elastics of about 1000 pcs but i somehow managed to lose the pack when I was on my way home sigh.... my dental clinic only opens on Monday. Should I wait till Monday or get a new set tmr?

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