February 12, 2019
Generally, Orthofill bands or Dental bands are used as a treatment for diastema or gap tooth. These are not to be confused with dental rubber bands which are worn with braces to align crooked teeth. Since Orthofill bands are a relatively new and patented treatment for diastema, not much research has been conducted to determine if it is actually suitable for other dental problems.
Some dental problems to be concerned with is having an overbite or misaligned teeth. But nevertheless, let us try to find out more about these Orthofill bands that are becoming quite popular with the today’s general population. If we did enough digging, we might get an answer.
What Causes An Overbite?
Overbites are caused by hereditary or genetics that is part of the natural eruption of teeth. Very few people actually have the best bite for their face and jaws because teeth eruptions are random events. Teeth erupt while the patient is still growing and the teeth stop erupting when they hit an opposing tooth.
What are Orthofill bands?
Designed to be an inexpensive way to close gap teeth, Orthofill bands are small orthodontic elasticsthat are placed around a pair of teeth to slowly move them closer to each other through tensile pressure. Orthofill bands are made with patented, high-quality elastic polymer, which is tasteless, latex-free, and hardly noticeable.
The bands are placed for a maximum of 12 hours per day during the first month and consistently once the gap between the teeth has come to a near or fully close. The band should be replaced two to three times a day for maximum efficacy and hygiene purposes.
How to Put On and Remove Orthofill bands
Putting on and removing Orthofill bands don’t really take much time and effort. However, it may feel a tad bit awkward when you attempt to do it for the very first time. Don’t worry, because once you have successfully put the Orthofill band around your teeth, you will get the hang of it in no time. With a bit of practice, it will eventually start to become second-nature.
Five easy steps to properly put on and remove an Orthofill band
- In the evening, take an Orthofill band from its package, and slip it around the first tooth.
- Carefully pull the band around the other tooth using your thumb and index finger.
- Leave the band on for 12 hours as you sleep.
- In the morning, carefully roll the used Orthofill bands off your teeth and discard it immediately.
- Brush your teeth and let the teeth be without the band until the evening.
*Bear in mind that its efficacy lies on how you keep to the instructions.
What to Expect
When you slip Orthofill bands for the first time, you are going to feel a tinge of discomfort brought about by the tensile forces that are acting upon your teeth. This discomfort will play along tightening and tension with continued use. However, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Dental professionals state that this discomfort is entirely harmless and will only persist during the first two days of use. In fact, it is a sign that the Orthofill bands are working. So, it is actually something to be happy about.
Do Orthofill bands work for everyone?
Ideally, Orthofill bands are for people who have healthy and fully developed teeth. Patients that are of age 16 and younger are not qualified to undergo this treatment. They are going to have to wait for their teeth to develop before using the gap closing product. Other treatments are available to resolve this dental issue. One such way is braces. While this option may be a lot more expensive and painful than slipping on Orthofill bands, it is a surefire way to have your gap teeth closed while your teeth are still developing. Another way is to let your gap close by itself as your teeth develop. This way, you won’t even have to spend a dime.
Orthofill bands are suitable for both lower and upper front gaps, as long as they’re not any wider than 3.5 mm. If you have two or more teeth gaps, it is advised that you focus on just one before you move to the others. This will avoid any discomfort and complications in the future.
You are also not advised to use Orthofill bands if you have experienced prior dental issues, ranging from moderate to severe. In this case, you may need to consult with your dental practitioner to learn about your other options.
Will Orthofill bands work with Overbite: The Verdict
Taking into consideration all the things we’ve learned about Orthofill bands, we can say that the bands do, in fact, work for people with a bit of an overbite. However, since it is specifically designed to combat diastema or teeth gaps, do not expect that it will also align crooked teeth. Any other Orthodontic issue with regard to the straightening of misaligned teeth, such as an overbite, is best treated with braces or other appropriate dental appliances. When in doubt, always consult with your dentist.