With the help of an orthodontist, even the most troubling orthodontic conditions do not have to permanently ruin your smile. One of the most common conditions that these professionals treat is an underbite. If you have one, you may feel embarrassed about smiling. You may even have pain and discomfort. But you do not have…
How an Orthodontist Uses Elastics for Treatment
Often, the primary focus of treatment from an orthodontist is addressing teeth misalignments. However, jaw misalignments can also cause cosmetic and oral health concerns. To help ensure the adequate correction of jaw alignment, as well as the teeth, orthodontists may use elastics.
The role of elastics during orthodontic treatment
Orthodontists use elastics to treat bite complications such as crossbites, overbites, and underbites. Elastics are used at the same time as braces (or sometimes clear aligners) to allow for faster results for patients. This review discusses the role of elastics in treating jaw and teeth misalignment through orthodontic care.
What are elastics in orthodontic treatment?
Elastics in orthodontic treatment, also sometimes called inter-arch rubber bands, are stretchable loops that are strategically positioned to keep the upper and lower jaw in the proper position. They are used to correct various bite complications that are common among orthodontic patients. The elastics are generally made of latex material. Elastics are most commonly used with traditional braces, although some clear aligner treatments utilize a variation of elastics to achieve a similar purpose.
When would an orthodontist use elastics?
Orthodontists use elastics to correct bite misalignments for their patients. Treatments such as traditional braces pull teeth into better alignment. However, this is not always enough to correct the jaw misalignment, in which case, elastics are used. Examples of bite complications that an orthodontist may address with elastics include:
- Open bite
An orthodontist can assess the severity of the misalignment during the consultation or early on in the treatment process and determine what role elastics should play in the treatment plan.
The importance of wearing elastics if recommended
Not all orthodontic patients are required to wear elastics, although many (if not most) patients will have to at some point during their treatment. Elastics can feel slightly uncomfortable and awkward at first. It is important to not stop wearing the elastics after the initial discomfort, as the jaw misalignment may not improve from the braces or clear aligners treatment alone.
The long-term benefits of wearing elastics
The purpose of elastics is to correct jaw misalignments. In doing so, the patient can improve the appearance of their smile with a more symmetric and even bite. While many are familiar with the cosmetic benefits, fewer are aware of how elastics can improve oral health. People with bite complications are at an increased risk of bruxism, which could damage teeth and increase the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder. Elastics correct the bite, reducing these risks, in addition to creating a more attractive jawline and jaw alignment.
Our orthodontist can help you through the treatment process
Here at our orthodontic practice, we do all that we can to ensure that all our patients have a positive experience. If you are not happy with the alignment of your teeth and jaw or are searching for an experienced orthodontist for your child, contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.
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