Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed. Remember: rubber bands work more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed.
The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
Some retainers are removable. Some are glued in place. Both types hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Dr. Allen will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and how long you have to wear your retainer. Remember: wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent the regression of your treatment.
Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss. Remember: avoid those types of foods and avoid flossing when you have separators.