A few weeks ago, Emily asked the following question:
For some reason I just noticed that one of brackets has two elastic bands on it. One one One side of the bracket and the other on the other side of the bracket. Not one just going around the whole bracket like the rest. Is this normal? Or just a mistake?
Here’s a picture showing what I think Emily was getting at: To answer Emily’s question — it probably wasn’t a mistake. If you look in the photo above, you can see (aside from the great choice of colored braces) that there are some spaces present the upper first and second teeth from the middle. In my opinion, the orthodontist is using the extra band to make sure that a big space doesn’t open up between the front two teeth. Another way that orthodontists can keep teeth together while they move them is through the use of a power chain.
To learn more about power chains and how they hold your teeth together, read the article, Power Chains: Why Some Colored Braces are Connected.
I hope that helps everyone out there who may have been wondering the same thing. If you have any other questions about braces, go ahead and leave them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for reading!