Here's a couple of ideas for new year's resolutions for 2017:
1. I encourage you folks with braces to set a goal to keep your teeth and gums ultra clean! You will not regret it. Remember, we are trying to keep your mouth healthy and avoid decalcification (white marks on your teeth).
2. Another goal should be to wear elastics 24 hours a day unless instructed to do nighttime only, etc. Elastics work based on consecutive hours of wear, not just cumulative hours. If you wear them just part time the progress will be much, much slower. I have seen elastics work many times! Those that wear them absolutely full time are pretty obvious. Progress is much faster!