1How long should I wear the Orthofill bands on my teeth?
A small gap (smaller than 2.7mm) will take 5-20 days to close. A large gap (larger than 2.7 mm) will take 21 to 60 days to close. Please make sure that you continue to wear the bands for 30 consecutive days after the gap is closed to ensure permanent closure.
2How can I measure the size of my gap?
We suggest you use a ruler for a more precise measure. You can also send pictures of your smile at [email protected]
, so our health department will be able to help you with your gap size.
3My bands are sliding towards the gums or are loose, what should I do?
You should wear the band in the middle part away from the gums to minimize pain. To avoid having the band slide up, please wipe the teeth dry before placing the band. If the bands continue to slide then you can try doubling them up so that the bands are tighter around your teeth.
4Will this create new gaps in my teeth?
The motion of teeth is not linear, so as your teeth come together the pressure created on your gums will cause your teeth arch to contract, so no new gap should appear. If you start to notice a new gap forming, use Orthofill on that gap to fix the problem.
5Can retainers be used to close gaps in teeth?
Retainers are meant to hold the teeth in place once moved by orthodontic solutions. They cannot be used to close a diastema.
6How many bands come in a bag?
You will receive 100 Orthofill bands in your package. You probably will not use all of them but make sure to wear the bands a full 30 days after your gap closes to make sure the new position is permanent and your gap does not re-open.
7What is the most number of teeth that a band should be worn around?
You should wear Orthofill on two teeth at a time. Some people wear the bands on 4 teeth with success but we do not advise it, even though it has proven itself to be effective.
8What if one of the front teeth is a bridge? Do the bands still work?
We do not suggest the use of Orthofill around teeth with bridges.
9Is there any special toothpaste I need to use while wearing the bands?
No special toothpaste is required while wearing the bands. Simply brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
10Is it normal for my gap to re-open while I’m not wearing the bands?
Yes. Teeth have to move gradually and constantly adapt to their new position. Your gap will seem like it is closing very quickly but you will need to keep repeating the process until your gap stays closed. After this, you can proceed to phase 2 of the process which involves wearing the bands for 24 hours over at least 30 consecutive days. This ensures that the new position of the teeth stays the same and the gap remains permanently closed.
11I want Orthofill but I’m not sure how large my gap is. Should I buy it?
Orthofill is not recommended for any gap wider than 3.5 mm. It is best to have your gap measured before deciding to use our product.
12Will the gum between my teeth interfere with the bands pushing the two teeth together?
No, your gum will not interfere with your treatment. The motion of your teeth is not linear so your gum will also sustain changes.
13My teeth seems to be too tiny for your bands so the bands always end up rubbing against my gum. Is it normal, is it bad?
Unless you start feeling sensitivity or seeing your gum becoming red because of the friction, there is no danger for your gum. You should wear the band in the middle part away from the gums, if possible, to maximize the efficiency of your treatment. To avoid having the band slide up, please wipe the teeth dry before placing the band. If the bands do not stay, you can try doubling them up so that the bands are tighter around your teeth.