Question on elastics location

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Speck
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Question on elastics location

#1 Post by Speck » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:33 pm

It's been 1.5 months since treatment started and I have yet to feel any discomfort from elastics. Good, right?
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Looks to me as though the force exerted by the elastics is minimal and I wonder if they're doing anything? What do you think?
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Re: Question on elastics location

#2 Post by assertives » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:58 am

I think apart from position of the elastics, the strength of the elastics that was prescribed to you would make a difference in whether you can feel the tension. I'm assuming since you are only in the first month of your treatment, perhaps your ortho started you out with an elastic with a lighter force?

I also suspect that not everyone feels the elastics. I personally did not experience any pain, only tension, but I've seen the most amount of movement since getting elastics than any other phase of my treatment so far, and I had the medium heavy ones. Anyway, if you are concerned, do bring this up with your ortho at your next appointment.

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Re: Question on elastics location

#3 Post by Speck » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:48 pm

Thank you for the response! Extra-heavy 4mm elastics have been indicated and I can feel pull when opening my mouth but, aside from sensing that small measure of tension, no pain and/or associated discomfort.

And yes, the question about elastics is among a relatively short list of discussion topics for the next office visit with the ortho. :)
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Re: Question on elastics location

#4 Post by AndAndAnd » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:32 am

I too have recently begun wearing elastics. The tension on mine is very light. I am guessing, as assertives says, it is a way of getting acclimatized to them. I can only feel the tension when initially being attached after which I can't feel anything much. No pain for me either. At present, it is hard to say whether they are actually doing anything, though time will tell.

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Re: Question on elastics location

#5 Post by Speck » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:28 am

Interesting, yeah, going on two months and, though I can feel tension exerted by them, I have no pain nor see obvious changes to teeth/bite as a result of wearing elastics; and the elastics are of the super-heavy 4mm variety. So, I remain dubious.

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