My son is getting braces and the orthodontist said he may have to use them with rubber bands. Why are rubber bands sometimes needed with braces?
Rubber bands are sometimes needed with braces to move the teeth in a different direction than the braces can move them on their own. If your orthodontist recommends rubber bands, it's important to be sure that your child uses them consistently and changes them daily. When used appropriately, rubber bands can play a big part in straightening teeth.
For more information, check out these articles:
Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy
Mouth and Teeth
Does My Son Really Need a Retainer?
For Kids: Braces
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: October 2006
Originally reviewed by: Neil Izenberg, MD
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