Braces help to move, pull, and straighten teeth but what braces can’t do so well is move the jaw. If you are suffering from an underbite, overbite, or just need to correct your bite in general, you may need elastics which are usually used in conjunction with braces. It may be hard to believe that such a tiny band could fix just a large problem. However, elastics are an amazing and powerful tool when it comes to do various adjustments braces can’t do on their own.

What Are Elastics?

Elastics are small rubber bands that are clear or may come in color. Your orthodontist may let you choose the color however, keep in mind that the color often signifies the size of the band and you might not get this option. They will attach to your braces by a small hook, on the upper and lower side of your teeth or even the front of your teeth. Placement of the elastics will depend on what you are trying to correct. Some dentists may recommend you wear them 24/7, others say you may remove them to eat. It will all depend on your diagnosis. Take them off before brushing your teeth, and apply new bands when you are finished. During the day, be sure to change your elastics 3-4 times, if not then at least every 12 hours. Even if they aren’t broken, after awhile they will lose their elasticity and strength which means they won’t be as effective. It may take a bit to get used to but, after a while you will be a pro!

What Are Their Purpose?

Rubber bands aid as a guide to align your bite, this is usually the longest and most difficult of the whole process. Your orthodontist will prescribe you elastics as part of your treatment. To get your teeth in the right position, you will need the right force to do so. These small bands will do the trick! Elastics may be small but they work wonders at moving your jaw. They are quick and effective, especially when connected with the use of braces. Patients need to be aware that these must be worn regularly, as directed. Depending on the diagnosis, you may need to wear them all the time, even while eating. In other instances you may be allowed to remove them while you eat, but must replace them immediately after, and must use while sleeping. That will ensure your teeth are getting the force to get the jaw in the right position. In the end, the result should be that your lower and upper teeth line up and fit comfortably. Bands are useful because they also aid in quickening the process of fixing your teeth alignment as well. This is why bands are so important during orthodontic plans.