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5 Facts to Remember About Your Rubber Bands (Elastics)

Rubber bands are often one of the common and effective tools that orthodontists use to correct misaligned teeth. The braces help to straighten them, of course, but special orthodontic rubber bands are part of the process, often used to correct an overbite or an underbite.

If rubber bands are part of the plan that your orthodontist recommends, don’t worry: we will talk with you in detail about the reasons you’re using them, how they’re helping, and how to handle them on a day-to-day use with you in detail.

Here are four important facts to remember:

  • Follow your orthodontist’s instructions. You may be tempted to “re-interpret” what your doctor tells you to do, but there are reasons for each one of those instructions. Make a real effort to follow them to the letter, and you'll be finished with them and enjoying a more beautiful smile before you know it.
    • Only remove the bands for main meals. That means breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can leave them in for small snacks, but remove the bands for the ‘big’ meals.
    • Carry a spare set with you at all times, to deal with breakage or loss of elasticity.
      • Plan to replace the bands four times a day. Rubber bands will lose their elasticity and efficacy after about 6 hours of wear.
      • · Treat your bands like a medication prescription. Keep an eye on how many you have, and contact us when you run low.
      • Take out your rubber bands only to eat or brush your teeth. Otherwise they should be worn at all times, including while you sleep.

If you develop a strong set of skills and good “rubber band habits” early on, you’ll find that they’re a simple part of the process … and essential to complete success. Stick with it!

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