When undergoing orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist may wish to incorporate elastics into your treatment if you wear a metal brace. Elastics are small rubber bands which are hooked over the brackets attached to the upper and lower teeth. This helps to help adjust the position of the teeth in the mouth and the position of the jaw.
They are used to pull selected teeth into position and to adjust any problems with the bite which may be present. They can be placed vertically or diagonally and apply pressure to align the teeth to ensure the bite is corrected. Elastics must be worn 24 hours a day, without exception including eating and sleeping.
When placing elastics, they must not be over stretched as this will cause the band to stretch out of shape and loose
its strength. You need carry your elastics with you at all times.
Not every child who gets braces will need rubber bands, as it depends on the child’s existing jaw alignment and what the orthodontist recommends to the patient and their parents based upon the models of the teeth and recommended treatment.
If you forget where to place them or have any questions, call us on 0116 2882029.