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Rubber bands are an important element of successful orthodontic treatment—and the results are only as good as the effort. To ensure maximum benefit, follow these guidelines.
Wear your bands 24 hours per day,
except when brushing your teeth , Failure to wear your rubber bands, as instructed, can result in treatment running longer than expected. It may also lessen the finished orthodontic treatment result.
Change your rubber bands once per day
with new rubber bands. Typically when you eat meals and brush your teeth. The rubber bands will eventually lose their elasticity.
Replace your bands immediately
if they break or you lose them. Always carry with you a spare pack of rubber bands.
Restore your supply of rubber bands at every appointment.
If you are running low or lose your bands, please contact us
Class II Elastic
Run elastic from upper cuspid hook to the lower 1st or 2nd molar hook, as instructed
Triangle Class II Elastic
Run the elastic from the upper cuspid to the lower 1st premolar and then to the lower 1st molar to form a triangle.
Class III Elastic
Run elastic from the lower cuspid hook to the upper 1st or 2nd molar hook as instructed.
Triangle Class III Elastic
Run the elastic from the lower cuspid to the upper 1st premolar and then to the upper 1st molar to form a triangle.
The elastic is attached to four teeth. Two on the top and two on the bottom to form a box. They are most commonly used in molar areas.
The elastic is attached from the hook on the lower 1st premolar, up to hook on upper cuspid and then down to the hook on lower cuspid.
Anterior Cross Elastic
The elastic is worn from the upper cuspid hook to the lower cuspid hook. The directions will vary depending on problem. Every case is different and the doctor will decide.