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Learn The Basics About Rubber Bands On Braces

AUGUST 31, 2022

After you have been wearing traditional braces for between 4 and 6 months, your dentist or orthodontist may tell you that it is time to start using rubber bands, which are also called elastics. You might feel a little frustrated because now you have another component of treatment to think about — but you can be sure that your care provider would not advise you to use them unless absolutely necessary. This blog post discusses the important role of rubber bands on braces in Manchester, and it provides some pointers on what you can expect while wearing them.

The Role Of Rubber Bands On Braces

Braces apply continuous pressure to the teeth in order to move them into their proper positions. However, brackets and wires alone are not always enough to achieve the desired results. Rubber bands can be attached to small hooks on the braces to apply extra pressure to the teeth to encourage accurate, efficient tooth movements.

Rubber bands are also important when it comes to addressing bite problems. Ideally, your top and bottom teeth should fit well together when your mouth is closed. Unfortunately, many people with crooked teeth also suffer from an overbite, underbite, or similar problem. Rubber bands can help to train the lower jaw to rest in the best possible position. In turn, this will help your teeth to functional optimally. It may also have positive effects on your facial profile.

Adjusting To Rubber Bands On Braces

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.

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