Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS

I am currently wearing traditional braces and have not followed my orthodontist’s recommendations. Because of my noncompliance, not wearing my elastics, my treatment is ongoing in excess of three months so far. Although I have easier access to care considering I work in the same office as my orthodontist, accelerating treatment is not possible. At this stage of care, elastics (rubber bands) are used to correct the bite, how the upper and lower teeth meet. They are to be worn 24/7 except for the TRIAD – To brush, To eat, To replace. Yes, it will be uncomfortable at first, but your body will compensate. Being compliant will prevent prolonging treatment, additional visits to the orthodontist, taking time off from work and school, and increased maintenance cost. Please be compliant, your smile will be glad you did!