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Rubber Bands

It is rare that we see a patient with braces who doesn’t have rubber bands at some point in their treatment. Rubber bands are a very important part of any successful orthodontic treatment.  They work in conjunction with braces to achieve a beautiful smile and a great bite. With braces, we are able to straighten the upper and lower teeth independent to one another. Rubber bands allow the upper and lower teeth to be connected to each other, that way we are able to fit your teeth together. 

General Instructions

To ensure you will have an excellent smile and a great bite, there are a few important guidelines that you need to follow exactly as instructed:
 
  • Wearing elastics will initially make your teeth sore. This soreness will go away after a couple of days of continuous wear. 
  • Giving your teeth a “break” from the elastics will only make them feel sore again the next time you wear them.
  • Consistent elastic wear is one of the most critical determinants of whether treatment is completed on time.
  • Wear your rubber bands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless otherwise instructed. The only times that you are allowed to take them off are during the main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. We do not recommend taking them off for small snacks. The following video showes the relapse of teeth if you do not wear your rubber band as instructed.

 

  • Rubber bands will lose their elasticity and efficacy after 6 hours of wear; therefore you need to replace them 4 times a day. 
  • We highly encourage the following routine. Change them after you brush and floss your teeth following each main meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and once before you go to bed.  
  • If your rubber bands break or you lose them, replace them immediately.
  • You always need to carry a spare pack with you at all times.
  • If you run low on your rubber bands, let us know and we will give you more.

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Below is a guideline for wearing different patterns of rubber bands

Vertical elastics

  • It is used to occlude teeth together. 
  • Wear the elastics from the hook on the upper canine/cuspid to the hooks on the lower canine/cuspid and the premolars.
  • In other words they are like a triangle with the apex on top.

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Class 2 Elastics

  • It is used to to correct overjet, AKA Overbite. 
  • Wear the elastics from the hook on the upper canine/cuspid to the lower first molar.
  • In other words they are from the upper front to the lower back. 

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Class 3 Elastics

  • It is used to correct front crossbite, AKA Underbite. 
  • Wear the elastics from the hook on the lower canine/cuspids to the upper first molar.
  • In other words they are from the lower front to the upper back. 

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Cross Elastics

  • It is used to correct crossbite. 
  • Wear the elastics from the button attached to the tongue side of the upper tooth to the hook on the lower braces. 

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 Front Box elastics

  • It is used to correct front openbite. 
  • Wear the elastics from the hooks on the braces of the right and left upper lateral incisors to the hooks on the braces of the right and left lower lateral incisors.

 

We look forward to being a part of your wonderful, life-changing experience.

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