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Do children with braces all need to wear elastics to straighten their teeth?

Submitted by admin on August 15, 2011

Do children with braces all need to wear elastics to straighten their teeth? My daughter complains about the boys with braces who snap their elastics on her. She needs braces herself and wants braces that don’t require her to wear elastics. She is 12 years old.

Elastics help in correcting the bite or closing the space and may be needed towards the later stages of treatment. Not everyone needs to wear elastics during treatment but your orthodontist will advise you.

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