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January 28th 2023
Those tiny little bands that are wrapped around your braces come in dozens of colors to help orthodontic patients show their personality, feel festive, represent their favorite color, or support their beloved sports team. But the elastics aren’t only for show. They do important work beyond fancying up brackets and wires.
The Purpose of Elastics
Orthodontic elastics can be used in multiple ways to shift teeth and address a patient’s bite and misalignment. Before and after photos of orthodontic patients are stunning to see just how much of a difference their efforts make. Some of the ways ortho elastics are used include the following:
Characteristics of Rubber Bands in Orthodontics
Rubber bands can be difficult to wear and may break easily, which means the patient will have to reapply their rubber bands from top to bottom from time to time. Knowing the purpose of these elements and how they work can make it a little easier to tolerate their presence.
The Smallest Elastics
The archwire that runs through your brackets attached to the surface of your teeth is changed at every checkup at the orthodontist. The length, thickness, and force of the archwire will vary depending on where the patient is during treatment, how well their teeth are moving, and what malocclusions are being corrected.
Elastics go over the archwire and patients get the pleasure of selecting the color or colors they want at every visit. This element is fun to look forward to and gives the wearer an opportunity to express their personality in a new way, especially for tweens and teens who feel like braces make them look like everyone else (this could be good or bad, depending on the adolescent).
Ready to learn more about braces and elastics? Schedule a consultation with Drs. Roberts & de Marsche at Philadelphia Orthodontists in Center City.