Braces with Elastics

Successful orthodontic treatment primarily depends on two things: constant pressure and time.


Sometimes it takes added force to move teeth and jaws into their correct positions. Elastics, also called rubber bands, have the pull to make that happen. But they won’t work without you.


To achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you’re working for, you must carefully follow orthodontist’s instructions about placing and using your rubber bands.


At first, the elastics may cause your teeth to be tender. That’s because your teeth are moving, which is the goal. Usually the tenderness lasts only a day or two. Not wearing your rubber bands as instructed will only make the tenderness last longer, and make the tooth movement take more time.


To get the best results from your rubber bands…


  • Be sure to wear them as instructed
  • Always carry a few rubber bands with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away
  • If you happen to forget to wear your elastics one day, don’t double up the next – just follow your regular instruction
  • Rubber bands get tired. When they lose their stretch, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. So it’s very important to change them as directed, even when they are not broken
  • If you have any problems – like elastics breaking frequently, or a loose wire or band, or a hook that’s broken – call your orthodontist. Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment. These problems should be corrected as soon as possible.
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