In the past, many teens needed headgear to correct overbites or other orthodontic issues. Headgear was one of the most efficient ways to correct misaligned teeth, but it was aesthetically quite unpleasant and could also be very uncomfortable. The Carriere Distalizer was developed as an alternative to headgear. If you or your child is wondering how to fix an overbite, consider talking to our orthodontist about a Carriere Distalizer. Ragan Orthodontics offers expert orthodontic treatment in the Dallas metro area ranging from Invisalign® to traditional braces and much more. Here’s a closer look at the Carriere Distalizer and what you can expect.
What is the Carriere Distalizer?
A Carriere Distalizer is a device that our orthodontist can install to move teeth into a safe and healthy alignment. It works by connecting an upper bar on the front teeth to an anchor point on one of the back molars with elastics. These elastic bands gently pull the teeth into place over time, just like headgear would. The Carriere Distalizer can be used in conjunction with many other types of orthodontic treatment.
What are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to using the Carriere Distalizer instead of headgear or instead of avoiding treatment. The biggest benefit is that it gets your teeth into the healthiest alignment possible, which prevents problems later on in life. The Carriere Distalizer works quickly to treat overbites, and it doesn’t cause the same issues with speech and eating that headgear would. You can remove the rubber bands from your device while eating or doing anything else where they might get in the way. This also makes it easy to maintain good oral hygiene while you have them.
Just as with braces, you will need to avoid foods that are particularly hard, sticky, or chewy, as this could damage the equipment. However, when compared to headgear, there’s still much more flexibility in what you can eat.
If you or your child has an overbite, a Carriere Distalizer is one of the most efficient ways to correct it. Schedule your appointment with Ragan Orthodontics to learn more about how you can benefit from this innovative orthodontic technology. Contact us today to book an appointment at one of our three offices in Dallas.