Posted on Jul 27, 2020
If you’re new to braces, you may be curious about what the parts and pieces do. You know they all work together to straighten your teeth, but how do they do it? The main components of traditional braces are wires and brackets. Wires move the teeth to the correct locations, and they are held in place by the brackets, which are adhered to the teeth. As for the rubber bands, they differ depending on your treatment.
These small elastic ligatures act as an anchor between the arch-wire and the bracket. The arch-wire is attached to the brackets on each tooth, and it is what’s responsible for guiding the teeth into proper alignment. Many patients like choosing different colors for their elastic ligatures, but there are clear ligatures for those who want their orthodontic treatment to be kept discreet.
Unlike elastic ligatures, not everyone who undergoes orthodontic treatment will need rubber bands. Depending on your bite pattern, you may need a bit of help to improve the way your upper and lower jaws fit together. During this phase of your treatment, the rubber bands will be attached to small hooks on the brackets on the upper and lower teeth to guide the jaws into alignment. The placement of the rubber bands will vary depending on your bite issue.
Failing to wear your rubber bands correctly can result in a lack of progress or prolong treatment duration. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when wearing orthodontic rubber bands:
Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to wear and attach your rubber bands properly. If you are confused about any part of your orthodontic treatment, please feel free to ask! Everyone at our Colorado Springs, Colorado orthodontic office is here to help.
We offer orthodontics services for all ages, young and old - it’s never too late to correct your teeth and obtain the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!
Our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist and staff are excited to get to know you and help you achieve your perfect smile!
Address: 3210 E. Woodmen Rd. #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920