If you’re one of the millions of people currently wearing braces, you know that rubber bands play a significant role in your orthodontic treatment. But do you know what each type of rubber band does for your braces? Hint: they do much more than provide you with a colorful smile! Dr. Leo and Dr. Lindsey Koerich from Koerich Orthodontics are here to explain everything you need about rubber bands and braces!
What are orthodontic rubber bands used for?
Rubber bands can play an essential role in your braces treatment by creating tension between the upper and lower braces. This tension helps move teeth into proper alignment while ensuring they stay in place. This is especially important for people who have bite issues or crooked teeth. Your rubber bands will connect to the back of your braces and wrap around certain brackets, depending on Dr. Koerich’s specific instructions.
What types of rubber bands are available?
There are several different types of orthodontic rubber bands, including:
- Oties: These are the most common type of rubber bands, and they come in various colors so you can customize your braces. Oties are a crucial part of your alliance that bind the brackets to the archwire, controlling the pressure on your teeth.
- Power chains: These rubber bands are connected to each other, creating more significant areas of tension between brackets. They’re typically used to close gaps between teeth after Dr. Koerich has completed major adjustments to the braces.
- Elastics: These are the largest type of rubber bands, which are used to stretch out between your upper and lower teeth to create more tension on your braces, gradually correcting your bite.
How do I use rubber bands?
Dr. Koerich will instruct you on how to apply and remove your rubber bands. Each type of rubber band comes with specific instructions, so it’s important to follow Dr. Koerich’s guidance closely. In most cases, she will instruct you to wear your rubber bands 24/7, taking them out when eating or practicing your oral hygiene routine.
You might feel a bit of soreness or discomfort during your first few days of wearing your rubber bands. This is entirely normal—your jaw needs time to get used to the added tension and pressure your new rubber bands apply. Keep in mind that this will pass as you adjust to your new routine.
How often should I change my rubber bands?
It’s essential to change your rubber bands according to Dr. Koerich’s recommendations. She may adjust the tension of your rubber bands at certain intervals during your treatment to ensure that your braces are moving the teeth in the right direction. Dr. Koerich will also determine when to switch out your rubber bands for new ones.
As a general rule, you should apply a new band every day at least. However, many people think it is easier to replace them every time they eat.. Depending on your habits and activities, this could mean replacing your bands several times in one day. If you need to know whether you are replacing them frequently enough, call our office, and Dr. Koerich will provide you with the guidance you need to navigate your orthodontic rubber bands confidently.
Make friends with rubber bands at Koerich Orthodontics!
Rubber bands play an important role in orthodontic treatment, so don’t be intimidated by them! At Koerich Orthodontics, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure you get the most out of them. Dr. Koerich will guide you through every step, ensuring that your treatment is helping you achieve that dream smile. Contact us today to learn more about what Dr. Leo and Lindsey Koerich can do for you!