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Kingston, ON  K7P 2X2
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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but not the orthodontist. Apples should be avoided, as their hard texture may cause problems with your braces.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but not the orthodontist. Apples should be avoided, as their hard texture may cause problems with your braces.

Your Elastics

During orthodontic treatment elastics may be necessary. Elastic wear is important to finish treatment as we planned. Unless otherwise told, elastics should be worn 24 hours per day. They should be changed twice a day, usually at breakfast and supper, and may be replaced after lunch. Please call us if you have any questions about how your elastics should be worn.

Types of Elastics  (Scroll down and click on the photo to enlarge)

Type 1 Elastics

Type 1 elastics are worn on the top or bottom.  They usually connect from the back molar hook to a hook on the wire.

Type 1

 

Type 2 Elastics

Type 2 elastics usually connect from the lower back molar hook to a hook on the front upper tooth.

Type 2

Type 3 Elastics

Type 3 elastics usually connect from the upper back molar hook to a hook on the lower upper tooth.

Type 3

 

Type 2 triangle Elastics

Type 2 triangle elastics usually connect from the lower back molar hook to a hook on the front upper tooth.  (Just like the Type 2 elastics)  But they will also go to a hook on another lower tooth to form a triangle.

Type 2 triangle

 

Type 3 triangle Elastics

Type 3 triangle elastics usually connect from the upper back molar hook to a hook on the lower upper tooth.  (Just like the Type 3 elastics.) But they will also go to a hook on another upper tooth to form a triangle.

Type 3 triangle

 

Delta Elastics

Delta elastics usually connect from an upper tooth to the two teeth below forming a triangle.

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Crossbite Elastics

Crossbite elastics usually connect from an inside upper tooth to the outside of a lower tooth.

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Slingshot Elastics

Slingshot Elastics may look tricky, but with a little practice you will become proficient in changing your elastics.

Slingshot elastics are used for moving a tooth forward to the wire. Often when it is in crossbite.

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Step 1 – Hook the elastic onto the back of the tooth.

Slingshot2

 

Step 2- Stretch the elastic slightly and wrap it around the post on the wire.

Slingshot3

 

Step 3 – Wrap the elastic around and hook the end onto the tooth.

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Slingshot elastic in place.

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Reverse Delta Elastics

Reverse delta elastics usually connect from an lower tooth to the two teeth above forming a triangle.

Inverted Triangle Elastic 2

 

 

Carriere Elastics

Carriere elastics usually connect from lower back molar tooth to the upper front hook.

 

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