You might be wondering: how do these two things tie together? Well, who doesn’t love a great animated movie? Plus, I’m sure everyone thinks of braces or orthodontics when they are watching one right? (Maybe not unless you are an orthodontist or watching “Mater” on the Cars movies.) But, the other day while watching “Elastagirl” on The Incredibles, it made me think of rubber bands which led to my next thought: how elastics are used in the office daily for different reasons. But why do orthodontists use rubber bands? Rubber bands, along with arch wires, are used to aid in the correction of different orthodontic problems. One patient may wear a rubber band to correct an overbite, while the next one uses a band to correct an underbite. Rubber bands can also help correct openbites, crossbites, midline alignment and can even be used after oral surgery. Generally the use of rubber bands happens later in treatment. Sometimes, patients may be asked to wear their rubber bands intermittently; it is not uncommon to start and stop rubber bands or to even wear rubber bands more than one way during treatment. Kim Leistner laughs about the plethora of rubber bands she finds in her house: "I find them all over the house – on dinner plates, in the car, on counter tops, everywhere! But I know how important it is for my daughter to keep them in consistently. I do random rubber band checks and if they aren't in, it's an allowance deduction. Sounds harsh, I know, but she needs to be accountable for taking the rubber bands seriously to keep her treatment moving forward." The staff at Aleman & Sternstein: Orthodontics keeps rubber band wear fun and easy to follow. We offer different colors of elastics and have fun names such as Kangaroo, Foxes and Penguins. The staff makes sure each patient knows how to hook the bands up and exactly how they are to be worn. It is extremely important to wear the elastics as instructed. The wires are made to work with the rubber band, and if they are not being worn, the teeth may move a different direction or not at all. If not worn properly, the braces will have to stay on longer. So if it’s starting to sound like you are visiting a zoo….rubber bands might be in your future. Submitted by Springfield Moms premium sponsor Aleman & Sternstein. For more information on their services and for a coupon for a free consultation (valued at $35), visit our Mom's Choice Directory.