Carriere Distalizer Florida Orthodontists

Removing permanent teeth is not always the best solution, but may be considered when a bite issue exists. That’s where the Carriere® Distalizer™ comes in. No longer does extraction have to be the only way as the Carriere oral appliance allows our Gainesville and Lake City, FL, orthodontists to use gentle, low force on molars much like headgear but without the bulk.

Here’s what you should know about how the Carriere Distalizer works.

How Do I Know If I Need the Carriere Distalizer?

Not every patient that we treat will require this type of corrective appliance. Primarily used for Class II and Class III malocclusions (or bad bites), the Carriere Distalizer is ideal for individuals who have severe overbites or underbites.

Traditionally, headgear or tooth extraction was used to fix these very problems but thanks to technological advancements in orthodontics, there are easier, less invasive options. Sleek in design, the Carriere Distalizer is often placed by our orthodontists as a form of Phase 1 treatment prior to the existence of brackets or other appliances for uninterrupted distal molar movement.

What the Carriere Distalizer Does

Depending on the issue at hand, our orthodontists can place the Carriere Distalizer on either side of the mouth. Two separate appliances can even be used on both sides if needed. Patients will often wear the Carriere Distalizer for 3-6 months before it’s removed and ceramic or metal braces are applied.

Throughout the time the appliance is worn, it will produce a light, uniform force on select back teeth so they are moved into better position and the bite issue is lessened. There are built-in stops in the appliance that make it so molars are not over-rotated and crowns don’t suffer from “distal tipping” or tilting too far in one direction.

Give Our Offices a Call Today

Our orthodontists in Gainesville and Lake City, FL, will need to closely examine your teeth and jaw to determine whether a Carriere Distalizer is appropriate. If we can prevent tooth extraction of permanent teeth, we will. Call one of our Progressive Orthodontic Associates offices today or contact us online to request an appointment.

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