Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics, or rubber bands, improves your overall bite or the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wearing your rubber bands as instructed is crucial to the overall result of your treatment, as fixing your bite is usually the most difficult part of the treatment process.
The palatal expander widens, or “expands,” your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Our team will instruct you on when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and prevent regression.
Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for around four to eight weeks.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They are designed to hold your teeth in their desired positions once you have fully completed treatment. Our team will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
Separators Or Spacers
Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Keep in mind that separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.