Creating a Corrected Bite Without Headgear
The Carriere® Distalizer™ is an orthodontic device developed to correct a bite without removing permanent teeth when teeth have erupted incorrectly. With an effect similar to headgear, but without the use of a bulky appliance, the Carriere® Distalizer™ pushes upper teeth back to create a corrected bite prior to the addition of braces. How does the Carriere® Distalizer™ work?
- First, your orthodontist will create an anchor point, most commonly with a lower Essix Appliance, a passive lingual arch, full mandibular fixed appliance, or mini-screws. A Carriere® Distalizer™ arm is then attached to the upper teeth on both sides of your mouth.
- An elastic band is attached from the upper bar to the lower back molars and should be worn at all times except when eating.
- With good elastic wear, your bite can be corrected in a matter of months, depending on the severity of your case.
- When the Carriere® Distalizer™ arms are removed, we will place upper braces to finish correcting your bite and aligning your teeth to the perfectly straight, ideal smile you've always wanted.