Elastics are rubber bands for braces and are used to move your teeth into place. They are attached to the orthodontic braces and their function is to create pressure on the teeth.
The elastics can be of different types, such as self-ligating, ligation or no ligation.
Self-ligating elastics do not require any additional ties for attachment and they have a low profile when compared to other types of elastics.
Ligation elastics require ties for attachment and they have a high profile when compared to other types of elastics.
No-ligation elastics do not require ties for attachment.
Different Types of Rubber Bands and Their Uses in Orthodontics
The most common types of rubber bands used in orthodontics are the L-shaped and the circular. The L-shaped rubber bands are generally used to correct a crossbite, while the circular ones are used to correct an overbite.
The use of rubber bands in orthodontics is not limited to just correcting teeth alignment issues. Colored elastics can also be used as a tool for children who need to wear braces or retainers.
Rubber bands can be attached to the back teeth and then stretched out so that they align with the front teeth. This process is called anterior repositioning, and it is done by an orthodontists.
5 Important Benefits of Wearing Rubber Bands as an Orthodontic Patient
Wearing rubber bands is a common orthodontic treatment. It helps to keep the teeth and jaws in the right position by applying constant pressure. Wearing rubber bands can help to prevent teeth from shifting.
The 5 most important benefits of wearing rubber bands are:
1) Helps to keep the teeth and jaws in the right position
2) Prevents teeth from shifting
3) Improves oral hygiene
4) Relieves jaw pain
5) Cheap and convenient
How to Wear Elastics Correctly for Optimum Results & Safety
Rubber bands are a common orthodontic tool that is used to hold a wire in place.
There are different types of rubber bands and they all have different uses.
The most common type of elastic is the plain old rubber band. These are typically the least expensive but also the least effective type of rubber band.
The next level up is the elastic cord which is more durable and can stretch more than a regular rubber band.
The last type of rubber bands are called “mandrels”. Mandrels are made out of metal and can be bent to create different shapes, which makes them much easier to use for certain patients who need wires held in place at unusual angles.
The 3 Secrets to Wearing orthodontic Elastics for The Best Results
For the best results, you need to wear orthodontic elastics 24/7, except when eating and brushing your teeth or you will never get used to them or get the results you are seeking.
This is to ensure that the teeth are in the right position and that they don’t shift back.
The three secrets to wearing orthodontic elastics for the best results are as follows:
1) We should brush our teeth before putting on the orthodontic elastics so that our mouth doesn’t get all icky from food particles and bacteria.
2) We should make sure that we put on the orthodontic elastics correctly so that they don’t come off when we eat or drink.
3) We should wear them twenty-four-seven except when eating and brushing our teeth as advised by your orthodontist.
If you’re having a hard time placing your rubber bands, ask your orthodontist for a nifty tool to help you place your elastics.
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Disclaimer – This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about orthodontics and general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your orthodontist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Rubber Bands For Braces (Elastics) – The Complete Guide
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