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Why do I need Elastics on my braces?

Have you noticed those colorful bands on braces? What are they and what are they used for? Here we’ll provide an overview of the use of rubber bands and why they’re effective when it comes to teeth straightening.

How do rubber bands work?

When it comes to fine-tuning, rubber bands give just the right amount of pressure through a tug and pull approach that works beautifully for teeth alignment. Typically used for a certain amount of time, rubber bands can be hooked onto the existing braces to apply slight pressure where needed.

A few things to know about using rubber bands:Braces, rubber bands

  • Placement depends on your specific alignment needs
  • The length of time you wear the bands will change. At first, you may wear them all the time and then the usage will taper. Remember to follow the usage directions exactly if you want them to work like they should
  • To put them on, stretch the bands and hook onto tiny loops. Carry extras with you at all times in case one breaks.
  • Use a mirror to help you see what you’re doing. Don’t get frustrated if it takes longer the first few times—this will get easier with time.
  • Remove your bands to eat and then don’t forget to put new bands in your mouth after you finish.
  • Never wear more than one at a time. This will not make them work faster.
  • Made of latex so let your orthodontist know if you have an allergy

The benefits of rubber bands

  • Shorten the amount of time you are undergoing orthodontic treatment!
  • Fewer appointments to schedule and get to because of the expedited treatment
  • No need to limit diet while wearing rubber bands because they can easily be removed to eat
  • Most of the time you’ll be asleep while the rubber bands are working for you—bonus!

Want more information?

Call King Orthodontics today. Whether you need more rubber bands, have a question about usage, or want to inquire about any other aspect of these handy little tools, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.

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