Rubber bands or elastics are key contributors to achieving straight teeth. Attached to your braces, elastics provide the force needed to move the teeth to where they need to be. It is important to wear your elastics as prescribed and change them every day so that force against your teeth remains at a constant level. Proper usage of elastics is often the key to moving the teeth and the bite to the right place. A lack of consistency in wearing elastics can prolong the treatment. This is one factor in treatment length that the patient has full control over. Teeth never fail to move when elastics are worn consistently as directed.
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