Orthodontic elastics are tiny rubber bands that come in a wide variety of colours. Here's what you need to know about your elastics in order to get the most out of your braces treatment.
There are two types of rubber bands used in orthodontic treatment. The first type of elastics is called ligatures. Ligatures wrap around each individual bracket in order to keep the archwire in place. These elastics stay in place at all times and are only removed by the orthodontist during adjustment appointments.
Ligatures are always a part of braces treatment, but there is a second type of elastic that some patients need for additional support. These are called interarch bands. Interarch bands help to align your jaw and fix your bite.
If interarch bands are part of your orthodontic treatment, you should only take them off to eat or to floss and brush your teeth if necessary. Whatever your dentist or orthodontist prescribes, make sure that you follow their instructions exactly, otherwise, you might send your treatment off track.
Generally, interarch elastics should be replaced every day.
Orthodontic elastics come in a wide range of colours. You can change the colours each time you have an adjustment appointment. The sky is the limit when it comes to the colour combinations you can choose. Picking out new colours at each appointment can make braces treatment a bit more fun for patients.
Some people choose to have a discreet look by choosing clear or silver coloured elastics while other people prefer a rainbow smile that really stands out. The choice is yours!