Rubberbands, otherwise known as interarch elastics, are often used in orthodontics to correct the bite. Rubberbands are removable. They are placed and removed by the patient. They put forces on the teeth to move the upper jaw and lower jaw until they fit well together. Generally, rubberbands are to be worn full time, even while sleeping. They are removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Rubberbands should never be worn longer than eight hours because they loose their elasticity. Improper wear and non-compliance can delay your treatment time or even produce a less than perfect result. Rubberbands can be tricky to put on or even annoying at first. However, once you get used to them, they are easy to wear. Rubberbands can be an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Wear as prescribed so you get the results you want.

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