Elastics, or rubber bands, create the power that we use for you to move your teeth.  When we show you where to place the elastics on your braces, we do it because we want teeth to move within the bone in which it sits. It is the elastics we use to “tell the teeth” to move to here or there. They attach to the brackets of your upper and lower braces, or even your aligners (in the case of Invisalign treatment), ensuring that the teeth are moved into proper alignment. It is important that elastics be worn as we ask all the time in order to be as effective as possible. Remember, you have a giant role in this process of “braces” by frequently cleaning and helping to move your teeth with elastics under our direction.