Wearing Elastics

If your braces use elastics, it's very important to wear these as directed every day! Not wearing the elastics can prolong the amount of time spent wearing braces.


  • Elastics are to be worn 24/7.
  • Elastics should be changed every 3 – 4 hours.
  • Always carry extra elastics with you to replace them if they break.
  • Your teeth will be sore less often if you wear the elastics every day. Wearing them off and on causes more soreness.
  • If you forget to wear your elastics, don't wear double elastics to make up for it. It just doesn't work that way, and can cause other problems.


If you or your child has trouble getting the elastics on, call our office so we can fix the problem.


Let us know if you're running low on elastics. You can pick them up at our offices, or we'll mail them to you.