During the course of orthodontic treatment, a patient with braces may have to wear orthodontic elastics to help with the correction of their malocclusion. For some patients, elastic rubber bands aren’t their favorite part of orthodontic treatment. However, they’re essential! Be sure to follow the rubber-band-wearing instructions that you receive from Dr. Almy to the letter!
There are different sizes and strengths of elastics. Your orthodontist will show you where to place your elastics and determine how long you will wear them. If you doctor tells you to wear your elastics 24/7 then this means they should be IN your mouth except for eating and brushing. Your consistency and dedication to this part of the treatment directly correlates to how long you will need to wear them. Elastics worn as prescribed will not cause as much discomfort since your teeth will move quickly and stay where they need to be.
Elastics Are An Important Step In Bite Correction
The goal of your orthodontic treatment is a beautiful straight smile, but the proper bite, or alignment of the teeth, is vital to the function of your long term oral health. Orthodontic elastics work in conjunction with your braces to apply a gentle constant force to pull your teeth into alignment.
A proper bite is the foundation of a beautiful smile. At Fredericksburg Orthodontics, we specialize in finding the right balance for your mouth and face, and give you a smile that will be healthy for life. When you precisely follow the instructions of your orthodontist, you will enjoy your beautiful smile even sooner. Let us know if you have any questions about the treatment that we’ve prescribed for you. Call us at 540-898-7211 for help!