Impacted Maxillary Canine Diagram. This is a patient educational hand-out from the American Association of Orthodontists. It shows from start to finish how an impacted canine in the palate is moved down into it’s proper position. The way this technique works is we send the patient over to the oral surgeon. The surgeon numbs up the area and then exposes the tooth. An attachment is bonded on to the tooth and this attachment has a tiny chain coming off of it. We see you in our office about once a month tie tie a fresh rubber band onto this chain. Over time, this slowly moves the impacted canine down into it’s proper position. The time it takes to bring the canine down into place varies from person to person and it is also dependent on where the canine is initially positioned. The farther away it is from it’s ideal spot, the longer it will take to bring into place. We have more patient information at our website. Check it out!