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2Q7. Do I have to wear elastics?

Do I have to wear elastic?

Voluntary elastic wear during orthodontic treatment serve several purposes:


  • Help closure of spaces between teeth
  • Help correct upper and lower teeth relationship
  • Help close anterior open bite.
  • At last stage of treatment, help upper and lower teeth to properly mesh together.

The first three functions do have alternative methods to accomplish the same goals but under certain circumstaces, use of elastic may be a better way. However, there is no good substitute for the fourth function.