What are rubber bands used for during treatment with braces?
Treatment with braces – this is a process that requires responsible attitude and daily care. For best results, orthodontists use the so-called orthodontic rubber bands. They serve to adjust the bite with some orthodontic problems and to move the teeth to a particular place during the treatment. They are an important stage in which you must show discipline and patience.
Orthodontic rubber bands are actually small bands that differ in diameter and thickness. They are used at different stages of the treatment, which the orthodontist has previously determined. The patient places them on appropriate hooks that are part of the braces and must replace them every 12 hours. Some rubber bands should be worn during meals, others must be removed, and still others are worn only at night. Depending on the individual case, the orthodontist will give you precise instructions on how to wear the rubber bands. When brushing your teeth, the rubber bands should be removed. It is important to clean the teeth efficiently. Then they are carefully placed in the same places as they were.
If you already wear rubber bands, be disciplined. At this stage, the final result depends more on you and your rubber bands than on your orthodontist. Be sure to put them after brushing your teeth and see if they are attached to the teeth indicated by the orthodontist.
Orthodontic rubber bands are used for treatment with braces of:
- Distal bite. It is often the result of a small lower jaw that, with the help of the rubber bands, is moved to the desired position with respect to the upper jaw.
- Medial/reverse bite. In this case the lower jaw is too large and the upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth. The rubber bands aim to correct the proportions between the two jaws.
- Open bite. There is usually a gap between the front upper and lower teeth and a contact point with the back teeth. The rubber bands aim to move the front teeth to a contact point with each other.
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