Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces?

June 20, 2013

Most of our patients at Irvine Orthodontics will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth do not fit together properly, Dr. Wanda Claro and Dr. Bahar Ghafouri will recommend that rubber bands be used. Dr. Wanda Claro and Dr. Bahar Ghafouri may also recommend using rubber bands to close or open spaces.

Rubber bands are a critical part of your treatment, and wearing them as Dr. Wanda Claro and Dr. Bahar Ghafouri and our team recommend will help move your teeth into the desired position. Dr. Wanda Claro and Dr. Bahar Ghafouri may ask you to wear your rubber bands full time, meaning that they should only be taken out when you brush and floss your teeth three times a day. Other times, you may be asked to only wear them part-time, like only during the day or only during sleep.

If you still have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, we invite you to give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment appointment. Remember, wearing rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Wanda Claro and Dr. Bahar Ghafouri is an important step during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces. If you lose your rubber bands or run out, stop by our Irvine, CA office and pick up more!

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