Orthodontic Bands Aftercare

Posted on: August 9, 2018


Wondering how to properly take care of the orthodontic bands that you need to wear with your new braces? Good idea. It is necessary for you to take proper care of your braces so they can do the job they are supposed to do. Just keep in mind that the purpose of bands is to give your teeth the additional tension they need so they can slowly but surely move into their correct position.

Orthodontic bands

Orthodontic bands are also called elastics and are used for dental patients who need additional tension placed on their teeth to get them straight. These small rubber bands are wrapped around every bracket, which holds the wire in place. These bands must stay in place at all times, and only an experienced dentist should remove them. Another type of orthodontic band is focused on fixing the overall bite, as well as correcting any jaw alignment problems.

Orthodontic bands now come in many different colors, making them fun to wear!

Orthodontic bands aftercare

  • Once an experienced dentist places all the bands, it is the patient's responsibility to take care of them so they will last and do their job: helping straighten the teeth
  • When bands are first placed on the teeth, the wearer must avoid flossing their teeth, eating sticky foods or chewing gum for up to two weeks
  • Bands need to be changed every day because they lose their elasticity quickly
  • Bands should always be removed when eating or drinking and should be replaced immediately afterward
  • Bands should always be removed when brushing one’s teeth and immediately replaced when done

Got questions about bands for braces?

Can we answer any questions you have about orthodontic bands? It will take time to get used to wearing bands, which is completely normal, so there is no need for you to be concerned if it takes a few weeks or so for you to adjust. Some patients will even experience minor soreness, which tends to subside in one to two weeks. We cannot stress enough how important is for you to take proper care of your orthodontic bands after you get new braces. The bands are an important part of the overall teeth straightening process, and if they are not properly cared for, it will take longer for you to get the straight teeth you want.

Call (636) 660-0525 today to reach Kling Orthodontics.