Orthodontic elastics are made to be as comfortable as possible for your oral tissues, but they still may cause some soreness. When that occurs, resist the temptation to remove the rubber bands. Taking them off for a long period of time just means that when you put them back on, the soreness will start all over again. Complying with your treatment instructions will ensure that any discomfort dissipates as quickly as possible.
Ideally, you should wear the bands for 23 hours each day, removing them only when you eat and carry out oral hygiene tasks. At first, it can take some time to adjust to a routine of placing and removing the rubber bands throughout the day. However, most patients find that adapting is easier than they anticipate.
If you ever have questions about how to use your rubber bands, call your dental team for help. They will be happy to provide you with guidance as you navigate all aspects of your orthodontic treatment.
Rubber bands can be a vital part of your braces’ success! Use them as instructed to avoid unnecessary delays on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile.
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The team at First Line Dental is proud to provide a broad range of treatments, including traditional braces and clear aligners, in a welcoming and comfortable environment. If you ever run into issues with your orthodontic treatment, or you are ready to get started on straightening your teeth, we would be pleased to speak with you. Contact us at 860-259-4039.