Class II rubber bands are used to treat overbites . One end of the band is placed on the upper canine tooth, while the other end is placed on the lower first molar. This creates a force that brings the upper jaw back towards the rest of the mouth to reduce the overbite .
That is the big (and most common) question we often hear. That answer depends on your bite and how much correction is needed. It could range from a month to 6-8 months . During the time you wear your elastics, it’s important to wear them for 24 hours every day unless otherwise directed.
Most patients will need to wear rubber bands at some point in the treatment process. These bands help to correct the alignment of the bite, reduce overbites or underbites, and in some cases, will open or close spaces. When you wear them as directed by Dr.
The elastics are very strong and can move the teeth faster and more efficiently than braces without elastics . When worn correctly, they can greatly shorten treatment time. In some cases, elastics do not need to be worn all day. The wear time can occasionally be as short as 12 hours (usually overnight).
If you forget to wear your elastics one day , don’t double up the next day , just continue to wear them as instructed. If you leave your elastics off for more than an hour each day , your teeth will move very slowly, if at all.
Braces elastics usually need to be worn 20 hours a day Once the brackets are on, your orthodontist will place a wire connecting all the top brackets and another wire connecting all of the bottom brackets.
If you have more severe dental problems, receiving this orthodontic treatment may change the shape of your face . Fixing your overbite can alter the appearance of your face by improving the harmony between your facial features.
You might wonder, “ can overbite come back after braces ?” It happens sometimes if you get braces too young without a follow-up treatment that your overbite will return . This is not due to the teeth moving but rather the jaw finishing growing into its final adult size.
It’s normal for your mouth, teeth, and jaws to be a little sore for the first few days to a week of wear. Furthermore, if you wear your elastics only intermittently (NOT full time) you will have constant discomfort because your teeth don’t have a chance to get used to them, so be sure to keep the elastics in FULL TIME!
You can eat and brush as usual and you won’t have to wear elastics while undergoing treatment. If you have a bad bite (malocclusion) you might have to use elastics to correct malocclusions. Rubber bands or elastics are used to wrap the braces and hold the metallic wires in place.
Treatment of an overbite using braces can take anywhere from six months to two years . Invisalign is a way to properly align teeth by wearing a series of transparent appliances that fit over the upper and/or lower teeth.
If you run out of elastics , don’t wait until your next appointment to get more; stop in to the office right away. Always wash your hands before putting in or taking out elastics .
The brackets are permanently affixed to your teeth and then an archwire is attached with ligatures, or tiny rubber bands . These all work to move teeth up, down , left right and even to rotate them or pull them in or out. Braces are good at moving teeth in all of these directions.
Before you know it, you will be a pro at using them and won’t even really notice that they are there working for you. Soreness of your jaws, mouth and teeth is normal for the first few days after adding orthodontic elastic bands to your treatment routine.
Braces work best when the mouth is healthy. Clean and healthy gums are more likely to move faster allowing you to get your braces off earlier. Keep the area between the brace and teeth clean and free of plaque build up . Flossing between teeth and brushing your gums daily will keep your mouth healthy.