Malocclusion (when the teeth are not aligned properly) happens when the jaws and teeth are misaligned due to abnormal positioning of the teeth when the jaws close. This can lead to an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or teeth crowding. Individuals with severe malocclusion should undergo treatment to make teeth easier to clean and decrease the risk of tooth decay, as well as eliminate strain on the teeth, jaws, and muscles, as well as reduce symptoms of TMJ. At Swan Orthodontics, we use the Carrier Motion Appliance to correct a misaligned bite in the back teeth.
How is the Carrier Motion Appliance Placed?
This appliance attaches to the canine tooth and first molar on each side of the mouth. Dental glue is used to stick them to the teeth, and an elastic is placed on a tooth in the opposing arch.
Plus, fun fact- this appliance comes in 30 different fun colors, so you can pick the look you desire!
What Does the Carrier Motion Appliance Do?
This appliance helps to align misaligned teeth before braces or Invisalign treatment. It moves the upper and lower teeth for a more aligned bite, which can reduce the total treatment time of braces. It can be used in place of the Herbst appliance or headgear and may even be used instead of bite alignment surgery in some cases.
How Long Does This Treatment Take?
Most patients will need to wear this appliance for around six months. It is vital that you wear the retainer and elastics for 20-22 hours every day, or the appliance will not fully do its job.
Is This Appliance Painful?
When it is first installed, you may experience some slight discomfort in the cheek as your mouth becomes used to this change. However, most people notice that this discomfort fades within one week. The canine teeth and molars that are attached to the appliance may become sore once they start to move. Over-the-counter pain medication can help to reduce this discomfort.
How to Care for Your Appliance
You can brush and floss your teeth like you normally would, and no additional cleaning is required. However, be sure to clean around the anchors on the canine teeth and molars. Keeping your mouth clean is important for a healthy mouth environment.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to learn more about the Carrier Motion Appliance, read our carriere motion guide or contact Swan Orthodontics in Caledonia, MI today. We will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Swan to determine the best treatment option for your smile.