bed time elastics

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Fiatbraces
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bed time elastics

#1 Post by Fiatbraces » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:08 am

Hello

I wear an elastic at night before bed and It’s uncomfortable, I have been wearing it for 1 month now without skipping wearing it, so I am wondering if I was to leave the elastic off for around 1 week as I would rather like to enjoy Christmas and have a break from the elastic as it’s uncomfortable would this effect my treatment and would my orthodontist know I skipped wearing my elastic for a week, any advice would be highly appreciated. Thank you

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Re: bed time elastics

#2 Post by AndAndAnd » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:28 am

He he, normally people don’t want to wear them during the day because they are visible, but don’t mind wearing them at night!

How are they uncomfortable?

Personally I would persevere. You’ll risk puttting yourself back by one week, and possibly more if your teeth shift back a bit. You may also suffer from the initial aches of wearing them again once you put them back on after a week off.

Elastics are great. It’s the one thing you get quick visible results from. I’d keep them in if I were you.

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Re: bed time elastics

#3 Post by Mpkh » Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:15 pm

I wouldn’t suggest you to skip a week, simply because it may delay your treatment time by a bit. The elastics at night can be more painful than around the clock wear, because the force isn’t on your teeth consistently, so it’s almost like you’re starting over each time you put it in.

What worked for me is setting 6 hours as the absolute minimum wear time at night—my orthodontist said to aim for 6-8 hours a night on the elastics, and so far this has worked for me.
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Re: bed time elastics

#4 Post by Fiatbraces » Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:09 pm

Thanks for both of your replies, really appreciate them, the pain is an ache every morning when I wake up, I’m going to continue wearing them for 6 hours a night, thanks again guys
Mpkh wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:15 pm
I wouldn’t suggest you to skip a week, simply because it may delay your treatment time by a bit. The elastics at night can be more painful than around the clock wear, because the force isn’t on your teeth consistently, so it’s almost like you’re starting over each time you put it in.

What worked for me is setting 6 hours as the absolute minimum wear time at night—my orthodontist said to aim for 6-8 hours a night on the elastics, and so far this has worked for me.
AndAndAnd wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:28 am
He he, normally people don’t want to wear them during the day because they are visible, but don’t mind wearing them at night!

How are they uncomfortable?

Personally I would persevere. You’ll risk puttting yourself back by one week, and possibly more if your teeth shift back a bit. You may also suffer from the initial aches of wearing them again once you put them back on after a week off.

Elastics are great. It’s the one thing you get quick visible results from. I’d keep them in if I were you.

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Re: bed time elastics

#5 Post by assertives » Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:07 pm

I wouldn't suggest skipping a week too. Relapse is a real issue, then you'll have to start all over again. My bite on the right side relapsed even when I was still in elastics. I was told to change from full time wear to nighttime only wear. Now I'm back to full time wear. :gavel:

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