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Article: Volume 15 Number 2 Page 66 - April 2022

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  Orthodontic Update 58: 66-72

Orthodontics:  Use of Elastics in Orthodontics

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Abstract: Intra-oral elastics are commonly used during orthodontic treatment and may be applied to several different clinical situations. They are useful for moving individual teeth, blocks of teeth and aiding growth modification. This article reviews the theory behind the use of intra-oral elastics and illustrates the theory with clinical examples.

Clinical relevance: Elastics are an essential adjunct to orthodontic treatment and have numerous clinical applications.

Author notes: Jennifer Vesey, BDS, DDSc, MOrth RCSEd, Post-CCST Orthodontics, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral. Maria Dillon, BDS, MDSc, MOrth RCSEd, Post-CCST in Orthodontics, Halton General Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital. Stephen Chadwick, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS, MA, FDS RCSEd, Consultant Orthodontist, Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester. Ian Edwards, BDS, MPhil, MOrth RCS, FDS (Orth), Consultant Orthodontist, Warrington and Halton Hospitals, Warrington. email:

Objective: The reader should understand that elastics are an essential adjunct to orthodontic treatment and have numerous clinical applications.

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