It is no secret that braces can be quite a nuisance, and many people who wear braces will also be given elastics to use. Elastics can add on to the annoyance that braces bring and you may be wondering what these tiny little rubber bands are even doing to help your smile. Well, those elastics actually have an important job to do!
Types of Rubber Bands
Everyone who has braces has to wear ligatures. Ligatures are the small rubber bands that are wrapped around each bracket on each tooth. These bands hold the wire in place and are only touched by your orthodontist at each appointment when your braces are adjusted. Ligatures are necessary for everyone who wears braces, but there is another type of elastics, called interarch bands, which are used for fixing the alignment of your jaw and bite.
How Interarch Rubber Bands Work?
Interarch bands are used to help align your jaw and adjust your bite. There are small hook brackets on your braces on your top canines and bottom molars, the elastics are stretched and placed over the brackets on each side. Once in place, you should be able to feel the elastics pulling. These bands help adjust the position of your teeth and align the jaw. When your orthodontist gives you the bands to use you must wear them every day, it will be annoying and can get sore in the beginning but do not give up because they are working! You will also need to replace the elastics every day because they stretch throughout the day. They should be removed when eating and cleaning but promptly replaced. Also, bands come in many colors, so you can pick the color you want to personalize your elastics a bit more.
Again, not everyone will need to get interarch bands, but a large population of the braces-wearing community will. If you have any more questions regarding rubber bands for braces, or braces in general, contact Lindner Dental today!