Elastics, also known as rubber bands, are a type of orthodontic appliance that is used to apply pressure to the teeth and jaws to correct misalignments and improve the overall alignment of the teeth. They are typically used in conjunction with braces or other types of orthodontic appliances to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
Elastics are small, rubber bands that are placed between the upper and lower teeth and are used to apply pressure to the teeth to move them into the correct position. They are typically worn for a specific number of hours per day, as prescribed by the orthodontist, and are changed on a regular basis to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned.
Elastics are an effective treatment option for a wide range of dental abnormalities, including misaligned teeth, overcrowding, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. They are also generally less expensive and more comfortable to wear than other types of orthodontic appliances, such as headgear.
However, elastics may require more maintenance and attention than other types of orthodontic appliances, as they need to be changed regularly and may become loose or break. They may also be less effective in severe cases of misalignment, in which more extensive treatment may be required.
If you are considering elastics as a treatment option, it is important to consult with an orthodontist to determine if they are the best option for your specific dental needs and concerns. Dr. Christensen will be able to assess your mouth and teeth and recommend the best course of treatment for you.