The Lowdown on Wearing Your Rubber Bands/Elastics

What do you mean rubber bands? Will I need them? When will I need them? How often do I wear them? Why do I wear them in different directions? These are great questions that we hear everyday here at Varghese Orthodontics!

There are many different corrections that Dr. Varghese can achieve with brackets and wires, but some of the movement of teeth can only be done with the help of rubber band wear. This is where, YOU, the patient come in, so you do have some kind of say as to when you get your braces off. Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth, it’s also about the function of your bite. A good bite allows for a more stable result and allows the reduction of wear on your teeth later in life.

Not necessarily every patient needs to wear elastics to correct their bite. Some of our patients may need to wear rubber bands the day they get their braces on, others may be told to wear elastics later on in their treatment. The different way of wearing elastics is dependent upon the type of correction Dr. Varghese needs to correct.

There is definitely a reason for wearing your rubber bands full time! Think of it as pushing a car up a hill. As long as you push, progress is being made, but when you stop pushing, the car moves back down hill and the progress is lost. If our patients are not faithful with their elastic wear, it will keep their teeth sore because the body does not know if is should allow the teeth to move or to just keep them in place.

Like I said earlier, rubber bands are one of the few things that you can do to control how quickly things move along. When it’s time to wear your elastics, our assistants will draw on a diagram of how to wear them, how long to wear them and also the type of rubber band you need to wear. LET’S GET THINGS MOVING, WHAT DO YOU SAY?

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