A very normal and common part of orthodontic treatment is the use of elastics, which are also known as rubber bands. These devices are crucial to helping teeth to move into the proper position. Wearing them as instructed is a crucial part of making sure your treatment is completed correctly and in a timely manner. The elastics are supposed to be worn approximately 20-22 hours a day and should only be removed to eat and then to brush and floss their teeth. Additionally, elastics should be changed out for new ones about three times a day. Keep reading for some advice from Dr. Dennis Flanagan at Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS about why elastics are important.
Elastics allow for the jaw and bite alignment to occur. But they are also the patient’s responsibility, and if the patient does not choose to wear them as directed, it may prolong treatment or affect the final result. Before leaving the office, the patient needs to make sure they understand where and when to wear their rubber bands.
Additionally, not wearing your elastics are directed will actually prolong the soreness one feels when adjusting to rubber bands. Also, never double your rubber band wear unless your orthodontist instructs you to do so!
While some people report that elastics can be a nuisance or difficult to adjust to, it is imperative that you wear them exactly as your orthodontist instructs you to. Additionally, be sure to carry extra rubber bands with you at all times – that way you’re prepared if one breaks! If you ever have any questions regarding your elastics or braces treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our office – they are there to help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve!