Why, Oh WHY must I wear my orthodontic elastics 24/7?!
WELL – here’s the reason: The 10 HOUR FORCE THEORY
It says that tooth movement will only happen after a special work area has been set up in your mouth. You can’t see this work area because it is under your gum tissue and all around the roots of your teeth. By wearing rubber bands for about 10 straight hours, the special work area has been fully formed and will allow the teeth to start moving. Once you stop wearing the elastics, your body will eliminate the work area and change everything back to normal.
If you leave your elastics out for longer than it takes you to eat, you will need to restart the initial 10 hour set up time. It is a misconception that you can just “build” upon previous hours put in. Patients that wear elastics only “half time” will see almost no progress at all.
So, if you want to get your braces off sooner, you will need maximum tooth movement. And that only happens with elastic wear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By doing it the right way, you have full control of your orthodontic treatment.