With proper care, your orthodontic appliances will continue to work the way they're supposed to, and your orthodontic treatment will stay on track.
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.
Your removable appliance should be cleaned every day, at the same time you brush and floss your teeth.
Since food and plaque can build up easily on your appliance, just as they can on your teeth, soaking your appliances regularly can be very helpful.
To soak your orthodontic appliance, dissolve a denture cleaning tablet (such as Polident or Efferdent) in a glass of room-temperature water, and soak your appliance in this solution daily. Doing this will make your appliance taste better, and will prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating.
However, it's important to remember that soaking your appliance should be done to supplement actual cleaning, not as a replacement for it.
It's not easy to clean teeth with a fixed orthodontic appliance is in place, but it's extremely important to do so, to reduce the chance of developing tooth decay or gum disease. » Learn more about brushing and flossing with braces.
Don’t feel discouraged if you are sore from the elastics! Your soreness will fade, just like the soreness from new wires. If you remove your elastics when you feel sore, it will simply cause the soreness to last longer, and it may also damage to your teeth.