Rubber bands for braces are also known as elastics. These unique bands are tiny and come in lots of different colors. They serve a valuable function and help your brackets and wires do their job more effectively. These bands stay in that place for the entire treatment time frame and only taken out by your orthodontist when they adjusted your braces during appointments.
There’s also another type of river band you used in orthodontic treatments, known as an inter-arch rubber band. This type of rubber band exists to adjust your bite and help correct an overbite, under-bite, or other jaw alignment issues. These are not just ordinary rubber bands like you could find local office supply store! Make sure that if you ever break or lose one, you have another from your orthodontist.
How Do Rubber Bands Work?Usually you will need to wear one of these orthodontic rubber bands on each side of your mouth during your treatment. They will each be attached to a bracket that is in turn connected to a tooth, and then stretched so that I can be attached to another bracket on one of your lower molars. The purpose of this River band is to hold the arch wire in place for the duration of your brace’s treatment time.
Rubber Band Tips And TricksThe first and most important thing when it comes to dental rubber bands is to make sure that you wear them every day. It is going to take you a little while to get used to having them in your mouth, and you may experience some pain at the beginning, but eventually, you will get used to them. Other suggestions include:
- Change out your rubber bands each day, both to keep them clean and to keep them fresh and tight. Don’t replace just one side, but always be sure to replace both sides at the same time, to make sure that they remain symmetrical.
- Whenever you eat, take your rubber bands out first, and keep them out until after you brush your teeth. This will make cleaning them and putting them back on easier.
- Be sure to keep your rubber bands stored in a clean, safe location where you won’t lose them, and they won’t get dirty.
- Use both your thumb and your index finger to attach the rubber bands in place. It helps to stand in front of a mirror while doing so. After some practice, you should be able to do this by feel, without the mirror. You also be able to do it much more quickly.