Rubber Bands, really?!

Town & Country Orthodontics only requires our patients to be responsible for 3 things: 1) Coming to your appointments 2) Keeping your teeth and braces clean with brushing & flossing…AND…3) Wearing your elastics or rubber bands!  Many people ask “Why do I have to wear rubber bands?”.  Well, rubber bands are very important in correcting the front to back bite and the up & down bite.  Believe it or not, Dr. Domann and Dr. Orfanos actually prescribe the specific patterns and sizes of elastics for very specific reasons!

Check out some more information on orthodontic rubber bands!

ImageWhat role do elastics (rubber bands) play in orthodontics?

Wearing orthodontic braces helps to correct your teeth and improve your smile.  The TACO team enjoys specializing in smiles!  Braces, which consist of brackets and wires, work by gently applying pressure to the teeth.  That pressure causes the teeth to move into the correct position.  In most cases elastics, or rubber bands, are used to apply additional pressure needed to move your teeth and ultimately correct your bite.

The Purpose of Elastics

Customized for each patient, the rubber bands typically stretch over tiny hooks on the top and bottom brackets.  When worn consistently, these tiny elastics will apply the steady pressure needed to guide your teeth into the correct position.

These elastics are crafted from medical-grade latex, which is safe to be in contact with your mouth.  We recommend removing the elastics during meals & brushing, especially, if opening your mouth wide enough to eat is difficult.  Our team will show you how to place the elastics.  It will soon become second nature to replace them…you will not even need a mirror!

The Do’s and the Don’ts

DO – Get in the habit of carrying around extra rubber bands and replace them often.  By consistently wearing the elastics, you may shorten the overall time needed to wear braces.

DON’T – Double up on elastics as this will cause too much pressure on the tooth or teeth (the Doctors will prescribe the best pattern and time period for your rubber band wear, so simply follow what their recommendation).

DO – Always wash your hands before removing or replacing the rubber bands.

DON’T – Overstretch the rubber band or it will lose its strength and it will be ineffective.

DO – Call us if you run out of rubber bands or swing by to grab a pack from our outside mailbox!

DO – Have fun with your braces and elastics. TACO does offer some different color options that can let you show off your soon-to-be perfect smile.

ImageRubber bands are a key part of your orthodontic treatment.  Learning how to remove and replace them is an important part to maintaining your braces.  Before we set you on your journey to a perfect smile, we’ll make sure you understand all there is to know about how to take care of your braces.  Remember, your smile is at the heart of all we do!

Happy Smiling!
Dr. D, Dr. O & the TACO team


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