What do rubber bands do for braces?
Rubber bands, or orthodontic elastics for braces, help move your teeth into the proper alignment during orthodontic treatment. Braces alone cannot drastically change your jaw alignment by themselves without the help of these bands, which move your teeth up or down, side to side, or backward or forward. We can achieve this movement by hooking the small latex elastic loop onto the tiny hooks on your braces or buttons created for this purpose on clear aligners, such as the popular Invisalign® system.
Dr. Jeff will instruct you on how to attach your braces rubber bands to achieve the desired movement for your teeth. This prescription may include attaching the braces elastics to the upper and lower jaw or teeth on the same jaw.