When our orthodontist, Dr Rusty Jones, places your braces, you may be surprised to see that he will also give you rubber bands, also known as elastics. There are two kinds of elastics: interarch and ligatures.
Interarch Elastics: These are used specifically to correct the alignment of your bite. They are attached between your canine teeth to your molars on each side of your smile.
Ligature Elastics: These rubber brands are looped around your brackets and their job is to keep your archwire in place.
Dr. Jones will give you a supply of rubber bands, and talk with you about how to put them on and take them off. In most cases, patients will need to wear their elastics 24/7, although Dr. Jones may give you specific instructions about when to wear them. They may break from time to time, and even if they do not break, you will need to change them on a regular basis for your treatment to be effective.
To learn more about the various parts of your braces, or to make an appointment to see if orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona, are right for you, call our offices in West Valley, South Phoenix or Surprise, and we will help you plan your visit.