A picture of a girl showing her Interarch Elastics

If you’ve never closely examined your braces, or your child’s, you may not be aware of how many separate parts they contain. Traditional braces are applied by first bonding metal attachments directly onto the teeth. Then a wire, called an arch-wire, is run through slots in the brackets; this wire applies the pressure needed to move the teeth. Tiny rubber bands, in a choice of colors, hold the wire in place. The orthodontist replaces these bands, called ligatures, at each visit and patients can choose different colors each time.

For many patients, another type of rubber band will be needed to achieve proper alignment. These are interarch rubber bands, which orthodontists refer to as simply elastics. When elastics are used, they are critical to help adjust the position of the teeth.

Usually interarch elastics connect a top tooth to a bottom one at an angle that applies force in the direction the teeth need to be moved – down toward the back for an overbite, up toward the back for an underbite, for example.

Young people, especially, can feel self-conscious about elastics, but it would be long and difficult to create a beautiful smile without them.

Here are some FAQs about orthodontic elastics:

Modern braces are a complex process that, in skilled hands, can transform your smile and your dental health. Interarch elastics are one tool orthodontists can choose to create the perfect bite for you. If they seem to be a little more trouble at first, when the procedure is finished, and you smile into your mirror, you will agree they were worth it. You might even say the results were magical.

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