Carriere® Distalizer™ Appliance
Creating a Corrected Bite Without Headgear
The Carriere Distalizer is an orthodontic device developed to correct a bite without the need to remove permanent teeth that 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, the orthodontist will create an anchor point, most commonly with a lower Essex 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 child’s 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 child’s bite can be corrected in a matter of months, depending on the severity of his or her individual case.
- When the Carriere Distalizer arms are removed, the doctor will place upper braces to finish correcting your child’s bite and aligning the teeth to the perfectly straight, ideal smile you’ve always wanted.