These items are used in almost all cases so we’ve grouped them under “the basics”.
Generally speaking, this section covers the more common items used in the daily treatment of most cases. This will include the brackets (braces), bands, rubber bands (elastics), separators (spacers), and IPR or interproximal reduction. IPR is not as common, however, it is included in this section because it is a base component in invisalign cases and is often used judiciously in crowding cases and recession cases as well.
What are Rubber Bands (Elastics)?
Rubber bands are used to move teeth. If you’ve ever pulled on a rubber band, you know there’s a force that happens when it’s stretched. We use these forces to move teeth in various directions depending on the problem. The biology of tooth movement requires a light, CONTINUOUS force placed on the tooth to get it to move. For this reason, rubber bands must be worn as directed to move the teeth. If rubber bands are being used to move the teeth, and they’re not worn, do the teeth move? And if the teeth don’t move, can we ever finish with the result we want?