Power Chains? Don’t be Alarmed!

April 18, 2012

At my most recent orthodontist appointment, Dr. Harrington told me that from now on I would be wearing ‘power chains’ on my lower teeth.

Power chains? Sounds scary! Isn’t that what they put on snow tires?

As it turned out, ‘power chains’ are just more bands! In this case, the power chains are a tooth-colored  ‘chain’ of elastics that link each bracket to the next and help close gaps faster. First, Dr. Harrington’s assistant removed two of my front brackets, replacing them with brackets that have a little hook on them. Then, using a hook-shaped tool, she looped each link of the chain onto a bracket and anchored it on the front hook.

Once the power chains were in place, I really couldn’t see or feel them, so it seemed like business as usual. However, Dr. Harrington told me I will have to be more mindful when brushing my teeth to really get those bristles in there and dislodge food. Since the power chain fits so snug against my teeth, it doesn’t leave much space.

Dr. Harrington also pointed out that I wasn’t doing as good a job  brushing the lower halves of my bottom teeth. He was right! I had been so focused on getting food out of my brackets and cleaning my top teeth, that I’d been neglecting my lower gum line.

Armed with my arsenal of tooth-cleaning tools, I vowed to tackle my tooth-brushing habits with enthusiasm. Well, maybe I overdid it a bit. The first day after receiving my power chains, I was vigorously brushing my back teeth and popped the power chain off!

I called the orthodontist for help and they scheduled an appointment for me. Lesson learned (again) – if something breaks, pokes, hurts or falls off, call your orthodontist’s office! They can usually take care of the problem quickly and with minimal fuss. That’s what they’re there for!

Since getting the power chain on, I’ve noticed the gaps in my bottom teeth are closing quickly. Dr. Harrington says we’re in the ‘fine-tuning’ stage of treatment now, which is so exciting. My teeth are already so much straighter than I ever imagined they could be. I’m getting compliments on my smile left and right. I just can’t wait to show it off, braces-free!

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Abbi April 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

I would like to say that I have had Damon braces for over a year. I love having braces it has made a huge change for me and my smile. It’s very important to keep the teeth clean with braces on. My orthodontist told me about the benefits of using a waterpik. A water pik helps remove food particles and get under the gum line where it’s difficult to get with braces on. I really must say that brushing in a gentle circular motion is important to maintaining gum health. Brushing too hard can cause the gum to recede. I also have power chains on my braces and a water pik has helped to keep them clean! When I went into my most recent appointment they said I was doing an amazing job keeping my braces clean. I really like reading your blog. I would suggest investing in a water pik because it has been so helpful to me. It also helps the food that gets stuck to come out fast and shortens the time I spend brushing. I hope that this is useful info. Have a wonderful day!

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Ashley December 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

I just got my power chains today and I don’t have any gaps in my teeth so why do I have power chains on my teeth?

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Me June 16, 2013 at 5:03 am

I have had Damon braces for a year now and they are cool! I am 12 and its nice that I still have the option to put colors on the brackets. The doors are cool but once the lady didnt close one…. So ya… Anyways! I haven’t got powerchains yet, but I want to soon!!! I like braces, and the pain of them , surprisingly!! I like it all. What are the rubber band things for??

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