Orthodontic Devices: Rubber bands

Orthodontic Devices: Rubber bands

Rubber bands are a type of orthodontic device that is sometimes used during orthodontic treatment. They are fully removable and must be attached by the patient according to directions provided by the orthodontist.

What Is the Purpose of Rubber Bands?

Rubber bands put pressure on the teeth and jaws and can help move teeth or correct improper bites, such as crossbites and overbites. Different sizes can be used to place more or less force on the jaws and teeth. They also come in a variety of colors so that the wearer can mix and match the color of their rubber bands. The rubber bands attach to hooks on the brackets and are stretched from one hook to another; they can be configured in a variety of ways to achieve specific purposes. Some common configurations include:

  • Top to bottom
  • Front to back
  • Side to side

When To Wear Rubber Bands

The orthodontist determines when rubber bands are necessary and will show you the proper way to attach them to your brackets. Usually rubber bands should be worn all the time and only removed so the patient can eat and brush their teeth. Fresh rubber bands should be used daily. The duration that rubber bands are needed varies; the orthodontist keeps an eye on the progress and decides how long rubber bands should be worn, often slowly decreasing wear after the desired result has been accomplished. It is important to carefully follow your orthodontist’s directions for wearing rubber bands to achieve the best results.

Call Us Today To Learn More

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.

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