What Do Rubber Bands on Braces Do?

If you have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, Dr. Gladwell may suggest rubber bands on braces. Rubber bands latch onto the small hooks on brackets. In most cases, one rubber band is placed on the top row and one on the bottom row. They can fix the relationship between your upper and lower teeth and ensure that your teeth line up correctly every time you bite or smile.

You may notice some discomfort and tenderness when your initially place your rubber bands. If this occurs, we encourage you to take some over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol. Fortunately, this will fade when your jaw gets used its new positions. It will be your responsibility to wear the rubber bands as much as possible. You should only remove them when you brush and floss your teeth.

Dr. Gladwell will provide you with packets of rubber bands at every appointment. If you happen to run low, simply contact our office and we’ll gather some more packets for you that can be picked up or sent via mail.

Keep in mind that rubber bands only perform their intended function of resolving overbites, underbites, and crossbites if they are used on a consistent basis. If you don’t wear them for days or weeks, you’ll prolong your treatment time. Remember, the more you wear them, the sooner you can be braces-free and enjoy the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics

If you’re wondering whether rubber bands are right for your orthodontic treatment, call our Raleigh, NC office today at 919-453-6325 to schedule a complimentary consultation.