Elastic (Rubber Bands) in Orthodontic Treatment
If the cinch on the wire comes undone while eating or for whatever reason, it is not an emergency. This is a rare instance, but it can happen. If the wire starts to poke or becomes uncomfortable, you can apply wax and call us to schedule an appointment. If it doesn’t bother you as much, you can wait until your next visit.
Separators are small elastics (rubber bands), they are simply flossed into the contact where space is needed. While the separator is being placed, the patient may feel slight pressure or a “pushing” sensation – this is due to the pressure needed to allow the rubber band to squeeze through the contact of the teeth. Sometimes, as the separator begins to touch the gum tissue, a “pinch” feeling may be noticed. This sharp feeling will usually go away within a minute or two.
This compressed spring helps to lightly open space for erupting or blocked out teeth. They may be a little uncomfortable at first as space is being made.
When you first get your braces, the first wire will not run all the way back to the 2nd molars due to the flex in the light wire. It may possibly pop out and poke you. Therefore we place a curl (cinch-back) to hold the wire and prevent it from sliding left to right.
Specific to your treatment, we may ask you to wear rubber-bands. Nothing progresses your treatment faster than diligent rubber-band wear. The rubber-bands will help align your teeth and bite. We cannot stress enough the importance of wearing them 100% as instructed.
Also known as bite pillows or bite blocks. These can be a little uncomfortable at first, but in conjunction with your diligence in wearing rubber band, they will speed treatment faster than anything else. That is why they’re called turbos.
They separate the teeth to “unlock” the bite from the opposing teeth which allows them to move easier and faster! We examine your bite at every appointment and will let you know when the turbos needs to come off.
Eventually turbos wear down as you chew & eat. It’s okay, we can adjust them as needed at your regularly scheduled appointments.
Colors are a reward for great brushing! So let’s keep it clean people!
Tongue tamers or Habit Tamers are usually placed behind two or four of your lower front teeth. They look like mini spikes that help to subconsciously train and remind your tongue to use the roof of your mouth to swallow instead of pushing against your teeth. It might take a while to get used to. They may be a little uncomfortable for a few days. If you are required to have them, know they are a very important part of your treatment. To make it more comfortable with the tongue tamers rest your tongue at the roof of your mouth. We want to retrain your tongue to rest at the roof of the mouth at all times. Your tongue is one of the strongest muscles, and with it resting against your teeth, your bite will never close.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are small, screw-like dental implants made of stainless steel or a titanium alloy. As the name implies, they are temporary - they usually remain in place during few months of the treatment, and then they are removed. Their function is to provide a stable anchorage - that is, a fixed point around which teeth can be moved. Placing and removing TADs is a minimally invasive procedure and while they are in place they require minimal maintenance. Generally, they should be gently brushed twice daily with a soft toothbrush dipped in an antimicrobial solution (i.e., mouthwash).
TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICES(TADs)
OPEN COIL SPRINGS
The patients must be cautious of the food that they eat while having separators on, stay away from sticky foods; especially bubble gum. If more than two separators fall out right after the placement, patients must call and make an appointment to place them again.
If your wire is irritating you or you have a sore spot on your cheek, be sure to dry and apply wax/gishy goo to the offending part. Sugar free gum works that way too.
How to Apply wax/gishy goo:
Take a small ball of wax/gishy goo and wrap it around the offending area. However, the trick to it is to make sure that the area is completely dry or else it won’t stick. Now, if you have a super wet mouth you might want to try sugar free gum rather than wax/gishy goo.
If your cheeks are also a little tender, this too shall pass. Your tissues will toughen up to the new hardware in your mouth after 3-4 days. If there is a particularly sore spot, use wax on the offending area.