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Braces Color Wheel | Find The Best Color For You

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Getting braces is a huge milestone moment for older kids and teens who can finally enjoy the happiness that comes with having a beautiful smile. While there are several types of options that are available for teeth straightening today, traditional metal braces are still one of the most popular styles that we use in our office. Not only can these braces correct major gaps and bite issues, but they also give kids a chance to make wearing them fun. Since these braces require special rubber bands, you can play around with different colors to create fun and unique styles. Now that you are ready to give these a try, you can use these strategies to figure out how to choose the best color for your teeth.

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What do rubber bands do?

Rubber bands, or elastics, can be an integral aspect of orthodontic care, so if Dr. Kyle Childers has prescribed elastics as a part of your treatment, it’s important to follow the directions fully. Elastics help to align your bite or cause teeth to move in different directions and straighten more quickly. We will instruct you how to hook one end to an upper bracket and the other end to a lower bracket so the rubber band goes vertically or diagonally from one bracket to another. The tension of the rubber band produces pressure on the bracket, which causes the teeth to move and straighten. This tension is also sufficient to correct an overbite or an under bite in the jaw.

If rubber bands are a part of your treatment plan, there are a few things to keep in mind. With rubber bands, you won’t be able to open your mouth fully, so they will have to be removed when you eat and reapplied after meal time. Many times, rubber bands are only needed at night, so you won’t need to worry about eating with them. Also, if you try to open your mouth too wide, your rubber bands might snap – so be careful!

Failure to wear your elastics full time or as instructed can lengthen your treatment time and may make it more difficult to achieve an optimal result. But don’t worry; your time in elastics will be well worth it when you see your beautiful, new smile.