It is rare that we see a patient with braces who doesn’t need to wear rubber bands at some point in their treatment. Rubber bands work in conjunction with braces to achieve a beautiful smile along with an excellent bite. With braces, we are able to straighten the upper and lower teeth independent of one another. Rubber bands allow the upper and lower teeth to fit with one another.

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General Instructions

To ensure you will have an excellent smile and a great bite, there are a few important guidelines you need to follow exactly as instructed. 

Wearing rubber bands will initially make your teeth sore. This soreness will go away after a couple of days of continuous wear. Giving your teeth a “break” from the rubber band will only make them feel sore again the next time you wear them.

Consistent rubber band wear is one of the most critical determinants of whether treatment is completed on time. Wear your rubber bands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless otherwise instructed. The only times that you are allowed to take them off are during main meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We do not recommend taking them off for small snacks. The following video shows the relapse of teeth if you do not wear your rubber band as instructed.

Ortho Rubber Bands

Rubber bands will lose their elasticity and efficacy after six hours of wear; therefore you need to replace them four times a day. We highly encourage the following routine:

Change them after you brush and floss your teeth following each main meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and once before you go to bed. If your rubber bands break or you lose them, replace them immediately. You always need to carry a spare pack with you at all times. If you run low on your rubber bands, let us know and we will provide you more.

Vertical on U3 - L3, 4

This rubber band pattern helps to grow teeth together. Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper canine to the hooks on the lower canine and the first premolar.

Triangle Rubber Bands

Class 2 Rubber Bands

Class 2 Straight on U3 - L6

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the overbite (overjet). Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper canine to the hook on the lower first molar.

Class 2 Box on U3 - L4, 5

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the overbite (overjet) and grow teeth together at the same time. Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper canine to the hooks on the lower first and second premolar.

Class 2 Box on Upper 3 Lower 4, 5

Class 2 Box on U3, 4 – L4, 5

Class 2 Box on U3, 4 - L4, 5

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the overbite (overjet) and grow teeth together at the same time. Wear the rubber band from the hooks on the upper canine and first premolar to the hooks on the lower first and second premolars.

Class 2 Box U3 - L5, 6

This rubber band pattern helps to correct overbite (overjet) and grow teeth together at the same time. Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper canine to the hooks on the lower second premolar and first molar.

Class 2 Box U3 – L5, 6

Class 3 Rubber Bands

Class 3 Straight on U6 - L3

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the underbite (crossbite). Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper molar to the hook on the lower canine.

Class 3 Box on U4 - L3, 4

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the underbite (crossbite) and grow teeth together at the same time. Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper first premolar to the hooks on the lower canine and first premolar.

Class 3 Box on U4 – L3, 4

Class 3 Box on U3, 4 – L3, 4

Class 3 Box on U3, 4 - L3, 4

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the underbite (crossbite) and grow teeth together at the same time. Wear the rubber band from the hooks on the upper canine and first premolar to the hooks on the lower canine and first premolar.

Cross on U6 - L6

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the relationship of the back teeth. Wear the rubber band from the hook on the tongue side of the upper molar to the hook on the cheek side of the lower molar.

Cross Rubber Bands

Midline U2 – L2

Midline U2 - L2

This rubber band pattern helps to correct the midline. Wear the rubber band from the hook on the upper lateral of one side to the hook on the lower lateral of the opposite side.

Front Box On U2s - L2s

This rubber band pattern helps to grow teeth together. Wear the rubber band from the hooks on the upper laterals to the hooks on the lower laterals.

Front Box Rubber Bands