Rubber bands are an important part of orthodontic treatment; they provide the connective force necessary to move the teeth and jaw into the proper alignment. These rubber bands stay on between visits; the orthodontist will change them each time the wire is tightened or the braces are adjusted. Most patients think they’re wearing their elastics a lot when the reality is that they have them on a total of about 12 hours per day. For elastics to truly work, they need to be on about 20 hours a day. Not to mention, that discomfort you’re feeling will disappear in about two to three days. If you remove your elastics during those periods of discomfort, not only will your tooth movement slow down but the pain will just return once you put the rubber bands back on.
The elastics are very strong and can move the teeth faster and more efficiently than braces without elastics. … This is not a time to cheat: The force of the elastics is what moves your teeth or jaw, and you cannot skimp on wear time if you want your treatment to progress correctly. Rubber bands then work to either pull your jaw forward or backward, depending on what movement you need. Proper alignment means that your upper teeth and lower teeth line up and fit comfortably together whenever you bite down. We use rubber bands to accelerate this process.
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