Why wear dental bands instead of braces?

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Why wear dental bands instead of braces?
Orthodontic patients usually have to wear braces for about two years. (Happy with Braces image by DGGallery from Fotolia.com)

Orthofill dental bands are an alternative to cosmetic braces. They are made of elastic polymer and contain no latex. These bands are the first professional alternative method to close gap teeth, by putting pressure on the gums and causing the dental arc to contract. Certain patients may find them a cheaper and more time-effective method of fixing a simple cosmetic defect.

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Time Frame

Dental bands are a short-term solution to gaps in teeth. People often wear braces for up to two years, but a patient need only wear dental bands for a maximum of 60 days before most tooth gaps are permanently closed. Also, dental bands should only be worn at night, when they are less intrusive and visible. If you are embarrassed by the look of metal brackets and bands, or if you need to close your gap in a hurry, dental bands are a good alternative.


Dental bands can be applied at home. Busy people will find them convenient because they don't require trips to the orthodontist. Braces often require metal wires, headgear and rubber bands, which means you will need to make frequent dental appointments. Dental bands are disposable and cost less than £48 per box of 100 bands, so they are a good option for those who are watching their budgets.


The bands were developed only to close gaps in teeth, referred to as diastema. If you have a gap between your front teeth, but your other teeth are straight, then dental bands are a fast and cheap way to solve that specific problem because they apply gradual pressure only to certain teeth. However, if you have crooked or delicate teeth, you will need braces to fix them the problem.

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