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Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces?

Most of our patients at Hilliard and Dietrich Orthodontics will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth do not fit together properly, Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Dietrich will recommend that rubber bands be used. Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Dietrich may also recommend using rubber bands to close or open spaces.

Rubber bands are a critical part of your treatment, and wearing them as Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Dietrich and our team recommend will help move your teeth into the desired position. Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Dietrich may ask you to wear your rubber bands full time, meaning that they should only be taken out when you brush and floss your teeth three times a day. Other times, you may be asked to only wear them part-time, like only during the day or only during sleep.

If you still have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, we invite you to give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment appointment. Remember, wearing rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Dietrich is an important step during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces. If you lose your rubber bands or run out, stop by our Lakeland, FL office and pick up more!

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