Elastics and Rubber Bands
Using elastic bands on braces improves jaw alignment, also known as "bite." Rubber bands will allow you to align your bite so that you’re able to use your teeth comfortably. But, this is usually the longest and hardest step when getting braces. Proper management is necessary to fix a bite issue without overdoing it.
It's important to listen to your orthodontist and work together with elastics and rubber bands for the best outcome.
Do I Always Need to Wear My Elastics?
When assigned your elastics, you will need to wear them constantly. No matter if you are eating, sleeping, playing, or at school, they need to be in your mouth. Only remove elastics for teeth brushing and replace them with fresh ones after meals for faster tooth movement.
Don't take off your rubber bands while eating big meals. Instead, try cutting your food into smaller pieces so they don't get in the way. Every morning, remove yesterday's rubber bands and replace them with new ones. In the morning, take off the rubber bands from the previous day and put new ones on.
You can only remove the elastics in sports that need a mouthguard. However, make sure to put them back on immediately after the activity is over.
How Often Should I Change My Elastics?
To maintain tight and even rubber bands, experts recommend changing them every 12 hours. However, it is even better to change them 3 or 4 times within that period.
Over time, you should replace braces for better results, but it is easy to swap out rubber bands. If you find yourself low on elastics for any reason, don’t wait until the last pair is in your mouth. Call or email our office if you need more elastics for your braces.
Can I Double Up My Elastics?
You must never double up your elastics. Rubber bands help your jaw move smoothly and consistently. Your orthodontist will show you where to hook them to reduce pain and make your treatment more effective.
To avoid tooth pain, wear your elastics for a long time without removing them and putting them back on repeatedly. Otherwise, your teeth will not have a chance to get used to them.
Contact our orthodontic specialists today to learn more about elastics and rubber bands or how to achieve the smile you desire. Make an appointment with us now!