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What Do Rubber Bands Do For Braces?

Braces or Invisalign may be a perfect solution for correcting misaligned or crowded teeth and to help improve your smile. In conjunction with the braces or Invisalign, sometimes your orthodontist may prescribe rubber bands or elastics. The rubber bands are typically used to help correct your bite. Your doctor will determine which teeth the rubber bands need to be connected to based on what type of bite correction you need. For example, if you have an underbite, the doctor will prescribe your elastics to connect to different teeth than if you have an overbite.

Benefits of Rubber Bands

Removable and Replaceable

There are many different devices and techniques that can be used to help correct your bite. One advantage of rubber bands is that they are removable. Therefore, they can be taken out to enjoy a tasty meal. In fact, the rubber bands should be replaced a few times throughout the day, otherwise they will lose their elasticity. Occasionally, if they snap you can replace them with fresh new elastics. They typically come in different colors so that you can have fun mixing and matching them!

Different sizes and strengths

Another advantage of elastics is that they come in different sizes and strengths so that your treatment can be customized to your individual needs.

Contact Lindner Dental in Bedford, NH

If you have any concerns about your smile, your bite, or misaligned teeth, please call our office for a free consultation with our board-certified Orthodontist to discuss possible treatment options. To contact our office, you may fill out a contact form or give us a call at 603-624-3900.