Orthodontic Treatment By Elastics

The rubber bands, or elastics, we show you how to attach are a crucial part of your orthodontic treatment because they apply the force that is necessary to straighten your teeth.

The way rubber bands work is similar to pushing a car up a hill. The car will roll backwards and you will lose what you have already accomplished if you stop pushing. If you fail to wear elastics on your brackets, your teeth will return to their original position. Both scenarios require a steady, constant push to get the job done.

To ensure that even pressure is applied to your teeth, wear your rubber bands at all times. You can remove them when you eat, but it is important that you replace them immediately after brushing. Elastics lose their stretch after being in place for 24 hours, so we advise that you change them at least once a day.

If you are instructed to wear rubber bands on the left and right side of your mouth, as well, make sure they are in place at the same time to avoid an uneven bite. You may be told to wear an elastic on only one side of your mouth, which can help correct an uneven bite. In that case, be careful to place the rubber band on the appropriate side of your mouth.

We suggest that you divide your supply of elastics between home and work, or a bag that you always carry with you, so you have them handy no matter where you are. Rubber bands break on occasion and it is important that you are able to replace them wherever you are. You can always stop by our office to pick up more if you are running low. They come in many different sizes and our staff can look up which ones you need in case you are unsure.

Keep in mind that if you do not follow the instructions you are given for wearing elastics, your teeth will not move at the rate they will if you do wear them. If you adhere to the guidelines you are given, not only will you have a better bite, but your treatment will also be finished in a shorter amount of time.