Elastics and Separators Brisbane

You may require additional extras to aid your orthodontic treatment such as elastics or separators.


Elastics or rubber bands are a very important part of orthodontic treatment. They place a small, but continuous, force on either an individual tooth or on multiple teeth in order to move them into the correct position.

Wearing elastics

If your specialist orthodontist has given you orthodontic elastics as part of your treatment plan it will be your responsibility to wear them in between appointments.

Not wearing your elastics as instructed will increase your treatment time as the pressure which causes movement will be reduced, and may mean that your bite cannot be fully aligned.

You need to wear your elastics 24 hours a day unless your orthodontist advises otherwise. This means wearing them when you eat, drink and sleep. You will need to remove your elastics to brush your teeth, but it is important that you replace immediately after. You can also remove elastics when you need to wear a mouthguard for sport as you cannot wear a mouthguard with them in place. Again, it is important to replace as soon as possible so ensure you bring your spare elastics with you.

Your teeth may become sensitive over the first few days. Do not be tempted to take them off as inconsistent wear will only prolong the sensitivity and will also put extra strain on the teeth making treatment take longer.

There are many different ways of wearing elastics. It is important to wear them in the manner your orthodontist has shown you. If you wear them incorrectly your teeth will move in the wrong direction.

Please wear your elastics to every appointment so that we can check your wear is correct. Remember the more consistently you wear your elastics the quicker your treatment will progress.

Replacing elastics

Elastics do lose their strength after wear, so once a day replace with a new one.

We will give you two bags of elastics, one to keep in a safe place at home, the other to carry with you throughout the day. Occasionally, patients experience broken elastics from opening their mouth too far or general wear and tear. This will not affect your treatment as long as you replace the broken elastic immediately after. This is why it is so important to carry your spare elastics with you.

It is important to never run out of elastics as they are an important aspect of your treatment. We can give you more elastics at your scheduled appointments or you can come into the practice to pick some up if you are running low in between appointments. If you are unable to make it to the surgery, phone us and we will post some out to you.


Separators are small clear or blue rubber rings placed in between your premolar and molar teeth before orthodontic treatment begins. The separators will make enough room to allow for easy placement of the metal bands at your next appointment.

It is normal to experience some discomfort while the separators are in place, a paracetamol tablet will help to soothe this.

Please brush your teeth as normal while the separators are in place. We recommend you avoid eating sticky foods such as chewies, minties, fantails, toffees, etc., as these will pull out the separators.

Don’t be alarmed if the separators fall out. This simply means the treatment has worked and the space has been made so it is not necessary to replace them we will now move onto the next stage of your treatment plan.

Orthodontic elastics Brisbane

If you would like to find out more about how elastics work with your braces or would like to book an appointment please contact the friendly staff at Greater Springfield Orthodontics. We will be happy to set you up with an appointment that works for you, no referrals are necessary – all you need to do is call!

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Highly recommend this practice, from the very first phone call, Melinda was very friendly, knowledgeable, caring and informative, explained the process for my daughters potential braces requirement and what I was up for financially. Arranged appointment quickly and on the day was highly proficient,caring and understanding. Dr Southall explained potential options simply and recommendations from his perspective. A very professional organization with friendly caring staff.
Donald Carmichael
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Highly recommend coming to Greater Springfield orthodontics. The team responses quickly for appointment times and are very caring.
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Highly recommend. From my son's first consultation a few years ago with Dr Southall to getting braces with Dr Clare and the continued care with Sharyn, the process has been easy, well explained, and made affordable for us. The whole team at GSO has been great to deal with.
Angelique Fourie
I would like to give a very BIG thank you to Dr Natasha Clare and the rest of the amazing staff. I highly recommend Greater Springfield Orthodontics, especially for adult braces. My braces were barely visible & just took 17 months to give me the smile I wanted! The whole process was seamless and very easy going, to my surprise. The Suresmile Technology was great! The kind reception staff were very flexible with my schedule & I was never afraid to ask questions and raise any queries. The whole team was just outstanding.Thank you! 5 stars.

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