How long did you have to wear elastics?

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oldfart
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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#16 Post by oldfart » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:07 pm

Treatment 10-12 years ago. Elastics from day 1 to end of treatment.
Braces on: 2/25/2013. Braces Off: 12/23/2015
Current Retainers: Hawley Top, Essix Bottom, and Permanent Lingual Bottom

illay
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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#17 Post by illay » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:50 am

do you all think elastic really do its job? i remember that i had class 2 elastic for a long time, when my ortho told me to stop use the elastic, about 1 month later the gap at the side will open again (overjet back again). so i really wonder whether elastic really pull the teeth as it should be or camouflage the jaw for a while.

TMJJill
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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#18 Post by TMJJill » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:08 am

I've had elastics since the first month I got my braces. One configuration has stayed the same, others have changed up throughout treatment.
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Braces as Phase II treatment for TMJD.
Lower mandibular repositioning splint 26 months.
Lower braces on 10.75 months into Phase II treatment.
Duration in braces: 2 years, 2 weeks, 5 days
Removal of Braces: September 18, 2013

TMJD treatment now complete!

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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#19 Post by BracedSurgeryStudent » Sun May 19, 2013 3:34 am

The whole time.
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Keatingeb
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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#20 Post by Keatingeb » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:34 pm

I was wondering the same thing, I just got elastics today and the orthodontist said a couple of weeks... I’m dealing with an overbite and I’ve been in braces 16 months and it was supposed to be 2 years. I don’t know if it really is a couple of weeks (at least for my case) but it seemed an usually low number.

kplatt2010
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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#21 Post by kplatt2010 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:38 pm

Hi There-I've been in braces for 2 1/2 years, orthognathic surgery 14 months post, and elastics for over 1 year. Six - eight weeks post surgery, I started wearing class 2 elastics, then box elastics two rounds, and now back to class 2 elastics. I was last told I would be out of the braces by end of summer. I thought by Thanksgiving when ortho gave me his estimate. Now I'm hoping by Christmas but not holding my breath on that one either.

I hope I'm not like some of the other posters and in braces for 5 to 8 years. Braces have become my new norm. :(

assertives
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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#22 Post by assertives » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:27 am

I had to wear mine for 4 weeks, then my ortho said to stop when I went for my next appointment as he was working on something else. Now I'm in elastics again but only on one side for another 4 weeks and my ortho said I may have to wear another round of elastics on both sides later. So all in all I'm guessing about 3 months in elastics when all's said and done.

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Re: How long did you have to wear elastics?

#23 Post by Mpkh » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:08 pm

Had braces for 22 months. 19 of those months were spent in elastics in different configurations, whether it be full time or night time wear.
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

http://myjourneyandlifewithbraces.blogspot.ca

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