Why Do I Need To Wear Rubberbands?

During your orthodontic treatment Dr. Chary-Reddy may have recommended you to wear rubber bands and you may have wondered what those little rubber bands do? The purpose of these rubber bands is to put forces on the teeth to move the upper and lower teeth until they fit well together. They help to adjust the bite of patients that have overbites, open bite, under bites and cross bites.
There are several different ways rubber bands can be worn. Dr. Chary-Reddy and her staff will tell you at your orthodontic appointment the type of rubber bands to wear. We also make you practice during your appointment to make sure that you are wearing the rubber bands correctly. Rubber bands are generally worn all of the time, even while sleeping. They are removed when brushing, flossing and eating. These rubber bands are placed and removed by you. Rubber bands will lose their elasticity and efficacy after 6 hours of wear; therefore you need to replace them 4 times a day.
Once you get used to placing the rubber bands, it will become very easy and you won’t even need a mirror. We highly encourage the following routine. Change them after you brush and floss your teeth following each main meal and once before you go to bed. If your rubber bands break or you lose them, replace them immediately. You always need to carry a spare pack with you at all times. If you run low on your rubber bands, let us know and we will give you more.
It is important that rubber bands are worn as directed by Dr. Chary-Reddy, if not, it could delay the progress of your treatment or you may have an inferior result. We want your orthodontic result to be exceptional and that is why wearing rubber bands is so important.

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