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The care and use of orthodontic appliances can seem complicated when the devices are new to you. But with a little bit of training and patience, you can be a pro in no time.
To this end, Dr. Hook and his team have put together a list or tips for using and maintaining your orthodontic appliances so that you can minimize the duration of your orthodontic treatment and get the most out of your time with us.
Elastics are essentially rubber bands attached to brackets, usually between the upper and lower or front and back teeth, applying tension and causing teeth to move. Elastics can be used in many ways depending upon the treatment goals. Please keep in mind the following tips for proper care for your elastics:
The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and prevent regression. Dr. Hook installs your palatal expander by following these steps:
Another essential appliance for excellent oral health are retainers. Retainer maintenance tips include: