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Rubber bands during orthodontic treatment
An orthodontic treatment requires wearing rubber bands between the teeth of the upper and lower arch. Robber bands are a way to transmit orthodontic forces and to move the teeth. They help correct the bite (occlusion), correct the position of certain teeth or the middle line. You have to apply the rubber bands yourselves, according to the instructions provided by the orthodontists. In general, you should wear them 24/7. In the mouth, in the presence of saliva, their elasticity is lost, so you need to replace them with new ones every 12 hours (morning and evening). You may remove the rubber bands from your mouth during meals and while brushing your teeth, but other than that, they have to be worn at all times. During the first days wearing them, the teeth will ache, but the discomfort will pass after 2-3 days. Rubber bands are only effective when worn 18-20 hours a day. If they are worn with several 'pauses', the results will appear with delays. You should observe the instructions strictly, in order to obtain good results during a treatment as short as possible.