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Elastics / Rubber Bands During Braces Or Invisalign. Orthodontist Explains All You Need To Know!

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This video explains everything you need to know about the tiny elastics that are used during brace treatment with fixed braces or Invisalign.

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It shows you different ways the elastics are worn for different problems. This includes for when the top teeth stick forwards (Class II problem), the booth teeth stick forwards (Class III problem) and even when the centre lines do not match.

Elastics can be the most important part of your treatment and excellent compliance is essential. You must wear your elastics exactly as prescribed by your orthodontist. If you don't your treatment could take a lot longer.

Normally your orthodontist will ask you to wear the elastics full-time or night-time.

Full-time wear mean you should be wearing your elastics in the day and night, unless you are eating, brushing your teeth or taking part in an activity that requires a mouthguard.

Night time wear means you wear the elastics as sleep every night.

Have you had elastics prescribed by your orthodontist? Please leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you and please don't forget to subscribe to the channel, to support us in continuing to make you loads more useful videos!

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44 thoughts on “Elastics / Rubber Bands During Braces Or Invisalign. Orthodontist Explains All You Need To Know!

  1. I have that case on the last one where my centerline aren’t meeting. I’m wearing my elastics like that in the video and it’s amazingly working!

  2. This is my story: my bottom jaw isnt big enough to have a normal bite so my 2 top teeth are curved in a little bit down the bottom for my teeth to touch. I also have teeth growing from the top of my gums so I need to get 2 teeth pulled out and need braces 2nd december this year and will most likely need elastics and Im getting traditional metal braces and are gonna get coloured bands. Tysm for reading! Please reply or like if you have the same/similar/know someone who has the same or similiar problem to me. Wish me luck for getting braces in about 2 months!

  3. This was a very educational video! I had elastics also- nothing like a good yawn to pop them at the end of the day! Your explanation of how they are worn to assist with the adjustment was fantastic! Keep the videos coming Dr Sarah!

    1. Thanks Bridget! I’m glad you enjoyed it and found it interesting! Stay tuned for loads more! πŸ€—

  4. Very informative! I was trying to understand why and how they work since I just started wearing elastics with my Invisalign. Thought it was strange at first since everyone else I’ve seen wear Invisalign hasn’t had to have elastics.
    Question: My Ortho told me I’ve got pretty good spacing on my left side as I’m on tray 15/49 and I’d be okay to start elastics on just 1 side. I do have an overbite, but what does wearing elastics on 1 side do? Wouldn’t it lead to improper alignment of the jaw? Eventually I will have them on both sides, but at least for the next 2 months I’ll be wearing elastics only on the left side.

    1. Hi Shane, glad you found this video useful! Thanks for your comment, unilateral elastic wear may have been used in your case to correct the centrelines, or an issue with the bite. It isn’t uncommon, so don’t worry. You can always ask your ortho next visit, they’ll normally answer happily. (ps. don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already πŸ™‚ )

  5. That’s weird, my dentist told me I had to put the elastic like how u would for overbite-

    But I have an underbIte πŸ‘πŸ‘„πŸ‘

    And then recently like a month+ ago I went to the dentist and he said my underbite got worse (ironic?-) and he extracted to my teeth on my bottom row it’s the teeth beside my 2 canines,

    UHm THAT WAS UNCALLED FOR ?1??33!2!2 I CAME HERE TO CHANGE MY BRACES AGAIN NOT TO GET MY TEETH EXTRACTED I HAVENT MENTALLY PREPARE MYSELF AND MY MOTHER ALRDY AGREED LIKEβ€”

  6. Informative, clear and interesting! I’m also very pleased to discover what the bowl of things at my dentist’s is….. retainers!
    Thank-you very much

    1. I think it was advertising them…. it was in November, and i thought it was for hallowe’en….. they also have a bowl of tiny tubes of toothpaste, and a recommended toothbrush selection, not all electrical

  7. Thanks Dr Sarah spreading all useful information to your followers, I would agree with you that buying from Amazon is useless, while patients have their Orthodontics. The Video is a top quality produced, and we are looking for more please, a big well done.

  8. Love your videos! Back in the early 1970s I had full mouth braces. I had a palatal expander. I also had the β€œlovely and seemingly huge” springs. They ran from max to posterior on both sides. They were fixed and not very fun!!! I’m so happy with all of the advances in dental orthodontics! I encourage people I know to look into ortho at any age. Now that your videos are here I can tell them about you and your great videos on dental orthodontics. Take care! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

    1. Thanks so much Denise! Yes orthdontics has change quite a bit! Thanks fro your comments and I’m glad your enjoying these. Stay tuned for more! πŸ€—πŸ™

  9. I get full braces for second time at 27. At my next visit i will get elastics too. If they dont correcting the overbite will i get an headgear ?

    1. Hi Hakan, it’s difficult to say what treatment you would receive without seeing you πŸ™‚ best to ask your orthodontist, who will explain the plan they have for you. Best of luck in your brace journey πŸ‘

  10. So lately my teeth has been biting a lot on my gum tongue and sometimes inside my cheeks is it a sign that I need braces? And elastic too?

    1. Possibly, difficult to say without doing an assessment. I would advise a consultation with an Orthodontist if you are concerned πŸ‘

  11. Hi Dr. Sarah! Currently wearing elastics to fix my midline, but I was told to wear them only at night time since I’ve already worn them 24/7 last month. Since i’m not wearing them throughout the day, will that cause major shifts to my midline? THANK YOU!

    1. @Smart Invisalign & Braces With Dr Sarah Sadek I went to check up last month and I heard him telling his assistant that crossbite of the jaw needs elastic and crossbite of the teeth can be straightened without elastics, so it seems as if mine doesn’t require elastic but still I don’t see any changes cause my lower jaw is straight only left with my upper one. Another question, the reason that made him to put power chains on my upper jaw was because of the diastema . I had it for 3 months from Feb to May, last month he didn’t put it back and now the diastema is back, why is that?

    2. Hi Doc, I have a Crossbite and the doc put power chains on my upper jaw in February but my Incisors and canines are still overlapping, so am wondering if am I gonna get em?

    3. Hi, thanks for your comment Ha Le, each case is different, but it is not uncommon to only wear elastics at night in some cases. Their effect can be more than you think they will be πŸ˜€πŸ™Œ

    1. Yes you most likely would have braces top and bottom of you have an Overbite. Do you have braces already? Ps. Please don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already for loads more useful videos all about braces and teeth πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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