Successful orthodontic treatment primarily depends on two things: constant pressure and time. Sometimes it takes added force to move teeth and jaws into their correct positions. Elastics, also called rubber bands, have the pull to make that happen. But they won’t work without you. To achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you’re working for, you must carefully follow our instructions about placing and using your rubber bands.

At first, the elastics may cause your teeth to be tender. That’s because your teeth are moving, which is the goal. Usually, the tenderness lasts only a day or two. Not wearing your rubber bands as instructed will only make the tenderness last longer, and make the tooth movement take more time.

Get The Best Results from Elastics

  • You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces every day. Be sure to wear them as instructed.
  • Always carry a few elastic bands with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call us and we will mail a new shipment to you.
  • If you happen to forget to wear your elastics one day, don’t double up the next — just follow your regular instructions.
  • Elastic bands get tired. When they lose their stretch, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. So it’s very important to change them as directed, even when they’re not broken.

If you have any problems — like elastics breaking frequently, a loose wire or band, or a hook that’s broken — call our office. Don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. These problems should be corrected as soon as possible to maintain the scheduled treatment time.

Remember, faithfully wearing your elastic bands, following all instructions and keeping appointments is the quickest, easiest way to achieve your goal of a healthy, beautiful smile.