Why Is My Orthodontist Asking Me To Wear Elastics?

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If your specialist orthodontist has recommended elastics (also known as rubber bands) as part of your orthodontic treatment, you might be wondering why they’re necessary and what they do.

Here are some reasons why your orthodontist may be recommending elastics and the crucial role they play in achieving your desired smile:

They help with alignment correction: 

Elastics are often used to correct bite issues, such as overbites, underbites, or crossbites. By applying gentle pressure to specific teeth or groups of teeth, elastics help shift the jaw into the correct position, improving the alignment of your bite over time.

They assist with jaw alignment: 

In cases where patients have both upper and lower braces, elastics help coordinate the movement of the upper and lower teeth. By connecting the upper and lower brackets with elastics, your orthodontist can ensure that both arches move together, facilitating more efficient and effective treatment outcomes.

Wearing them helps your orthodontic treatment progress:

Elastics play a crucial role in advancing your orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist may adjust the size, strength, or configuration of the elastics throughout your treatment. If you have been asked to wear elastics, ensure you adhere to your orthodontist’s instructions as it is essential for a successful treatment outcome. Consistently wearing elastics as prescribed helps maintain progress and reduces the overall duration of your orthodontic treatment.

Every patient’s orthodontic needs are unique, and elastics allow for highly customised treatment plans. Your orthodontist will prescribe elastics tailored to your specific bite alignment and treatment goals, ensuring that you achieve the best possible results. Ensure you wear them exactly as you’ve been shown, even if other people you know have elastics as part of their treatment and are wearing them differently. 

By following your specialist orthodontist’s recommendations and diligently wearing elastics as prescribed, you can contribute to the success of your orthodontic journey and achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. Would you like to learn more? Why not book a consultation with the friendly team at Newcastle Orthodontics today?

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