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Rubber Bands For Braces


For people with braces, it is highly probable for most doctors to prescribe rubber bands attachments to the brackets. The reason behind this is because rubber bands are strong and can make the teeth motion in various directions as they become straight faster. That is why faster results are always achieved with rubber bands. Another reason as to why orthodontists highly recommend rubber bands for braces is because they can dramatically minimise a person’s duration of wearing braces. On the other hand, they are painful and uncomfortable mainly because of their extreme strength hence are not easy to wear and remove them time after time.

How Rubber Bands Work towards Teeth

Strengthening Rubber bands are attached to a persons braces’ brackets. The small latex rubber band handed by the orthodontist to the patient is attached to bracket then goes diagonally or vertically to another. Two distinct bands are utilised one on either sides of the patient’s teeth. These bands work by applying tension onto a patient’s teeth, which in turn goes onto the bracket, as well as, produces enough pressure, which could not be formed by the braces independently, to make the teeth move towards the desired direction. Such tension is as well enough to correct a jaw’s over or underbite. Given sufficient time, this assists in making the teeth perform properly together with the other jaw parts. Inter-arch elastics may lead to extrusion of teeth causing occlusal plane rotation. This rotation can correct the lower and upper back teeth relationship. On the other hand, this might be harmful to certein patients as teeth elongation may result to unwanted teeth-rip relationship or lower jaw rotation. In most cases, it may require a good vertical jaw growth for more acceptable outcomes.

Problems With Rubber Bunds

The major problem involved is that rubber bands can absorb water hence deteriorating while under conditions within the mouth. This makes them lose their strength. as seen earlier, they cause pain making it not easy to wear them as consistently expected. Failure to wear them consistently may bring the treatment to a standstill.

Solutions to such Problems

When directed to put on rubber bands by an orthodontist, they should be worn 24 hours everyday for seven days in a week. A patient will only be expected to remove them while brushing the teeth or eating. They should be worn duing sleeping time and a new pair should be used every day. Even though painful, a petient gets used to then shortly. Certain petients can even wear them for an entire year or longer. If one breaks or falls then replacement needs to be done without wasting any time. It is recomended to always carry extra elastics everywhere just in case.

Rubber Bands’ Restrictions

It should be clear that solid foods cannot be eaten with rubber bands on. For this reason, rubber bands have to be removed and worn back before and after eating. Stretching the mouth wide open can result to the rubber bands snapping inside one’s mouth. This should be avoided to keep the bands from breaking or even slipping off.