Elastics For Braces & Invisalign

Throughout your orthodontic experience you may be asked to wear elastics or rubber bands as part of your orthodontic treatment. 


Elastics are often used in orthodontic treatment to help align your bite and they are a very important step in the orthodontic process. The bands stretch over tiny hooks or attachments that are on both the top and bottom teeth. If worn consistently they will apply the pressure needed to guide teeth in the right direction. The elastics used are made out of medical grade latex, which is safe for your mouth. There are also latex-free options. These are not normal elastics or hair bands and should not be substituted.


There are many different types of elastics that may be used during treatment and it is important to use the correct type of elastic to make sure proper movement can take place.

CLASS II Elastics:

Class II elastics are used to reduce an overjet of the teeth by retracting the upper teeth and moving the lower teeth forward.

CLASS III Elastics:

Class III elastics are used to correct an underbite by retracting the lower teeth and moving the upper teeth forward.

Okay, But Do The Elastics Hurt?

It is normal to feel some discomfort due to the pressure that is being placed on the teeth and jaw to move them into the correct position. The pain or discomfort should not last long as your teeth adjust. Over-the-counter pain relievers and soft foods should help until the pain subsides.

How Long Do I Need To Wear The Elastics?

Elastic needs vary with each orthodontic case. You could be wearing them for anywhere from 2 months to over a year. It is important that you wear your elastics at least 22 hours a day or as directed so the treatment is not delayed.

Can I Eat With My Elastics In?

We recommend removing the elastics while eating. When you are finished remember to replace the elastic with a new one. You don’t want to go too long without them.

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Elastic Wear:

  • DO: get in the habit of having extra elastics with you so you are consistently wearing them. You will want to change your elastics at least once a day as they lose elasticity.
  • DON’T: double up on elastics even if you miss a day. Too much pressure on the teeth can negatively impact movement and can actually harm teeth.
  • DO: wash hands before removing and replacing elastics
  • DON’T: overstretch your elastics. Once the elastics are stretched, they will lose their effectiveness and strength.
  • DO: get extra bands if needed. We will try to provide you with enough bands to last between appointments, but if you need more, please do not hesitate to come into the office and we will provide you with some.

We love to make beautiful smiles every day! if you have questions about elastic wear, or orthodontics in general, please give us a call at (208) 734-4314.

You can always count on our team to provide you with an orthodontic experience that is honest, safe, and makes you feel like you are a part of our family.

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