How Fast Do Rubber Bands Move Teeth?

Here at Gladwell Orthodontics, we see many patients who wonder how they can speed up their orthodontic treatment and start enjoying their straight teeth and attractive smile. The truth is that taking shortcuts to move teeth can damage the teeth and gums and prolong rather than expedite treatment.

Dr. Gladwell may prescribe rubber bands to patients with bite issues. If he suggests them to you, understand that they are not shortcuts that will allow you to correct your smile quickly. When used as directed, however, they will resolve your overbite, underbite, or crossbite and help your teeth line up properly whenever you bite or smile.

Most patients will need to wear rubber bands for at least 10 to 12 hours. However, if you have a more severe bite issue, you may need to wear them for 24 hours and only remove them when you are eating or brushing your teeth.

The speed at which rubber bands move teeth varies from patient or patient. Dr. Gladwell can inform you of how quickly they may move your teeth. Adhere to his instructions and avoid doubling up your rubber bands as doing so can apply too much force too quickly and damage your roots.

It’s important to note that while rubber bands won’t necessarily drastically reduce your orthodontic treatment time, failing to wear them as often as Dr. Gladwell recommends can make your treatment take longer. Our friend and Pensacola orthodontist Dr. Clay Sims always says get it right the first time rather than trying to fix it quickly.

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If you have further questions related to rubber bands on braces, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation at Gladwell Orthodontics. Call us today at 919-453-6325.