For many of our patients rubber bands are a part of treatment that is important for bite correction. Your bite is the foundation of a beautiful Snow smile, so if we’ve given you rubber bands to wear, they’re important to getting great results.
When we start rubber bands (sometimes called elastics), one of our team members will give you detailed instructions about how to wear them. If there is anything you don’t understand, please ask! We will either have you wearing them 24/7, or just when sleeping. If you’re wearing them all the time, this means ALL THE TIME EXCEPT WHEN YOU ARE EATING OR BRUSHING YOUR TEETH. You can easily drink with rubber bands in, so please don’t take them out to drink! Some of our patients find that slipping their rubber bands on their finger while they’re eating serves as a reminder to put them back in. Just remember that consistency with your rubber bands is the key to success; the more consistent you are with wear, the sooner the teeth will be in the correct position!
Sometimes we find that someone is not wearing their rubber bands because their teeth hurt. When you first start wearing them, your teeth might be sore, so we recommend using the same pain medicine you would use for a headache. But keep wearing them! Starting and stopping elastics will only make your teeth hurt more and prolong your time in rubber bands! After wearing your elastics consistently for a couple days, you’ll be pain-free! This is definitely a time when it pays to “just do it!” and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful smile and healthy bite without braces! So, learn to love your rubber bands!
“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more. “ -Dr. Seuss
As Christmas comes roaring at us, and 2014 comes to a close, I’m sitting in our house, enjoying some quiet time. It always amazes me that Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” contains so many lessons in the simple language of a children’s book. And yet aren’t the most foundational lessons in life the most simple ones?
As a parent, it’s easy to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in Santa Claus and gift giving. Television, the web and our society, all encourage draining our wallets this time of year. All religious meaning for the holidays aside, isn’t the holiday season really about gifts that can’t be bought and gratitude for the life that each of us has been given?
We have much to be grateful for here. We have a wonderful team, the best patients in the world, and the opportunity to make a difference in many lives. We wish you all the best holiday and joy as we wrap up 2014.
-The Team at Snow Orthodontics