If you’re like most people, then your teeth are an integral part of what makes you who you are. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about yourself, and it can really affect how others perceive you. If you’re looking to fix a misaligned tooth, we recommend getting a Carriere Distalizer. Here at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, TX, we offer this dental device to help you get those beautiful, straight teeth.
What Is a Carriere Distalizer?
A Carriere Distalizer is an orthodontic device used to correct an overbite or underbite. When teeth are misaligned, it becomes difficult to chew comfortably or speaking properly. This dental appliance helps guide your mouth into its proper alignment so you can eat without pain and speak clearly again.
The appliance is also great for adults who want straighter-looking teeth but don’t need traditional braces due to the lack of available space in their mouths. In addition, the device can be easily concealed with dental bonding to give you the smile of your dreams without anyone knowing that it’s there.
What Causes a Misaligned Bite?
Just like other parts of your body, teeth are inherited from your parents. If you have a parent who has misaligned teeth, there’s a pretty good chance that you will inherit it as well.
Early Loss of Baby or Adult Teeth
If you’ve ever lost a baby tooth too soon, it can affect the way your teeth align when they grow in. If an adult tooth falls out before its time, there’s also a chance that the alignment will be affected.
An Issue with Jaw Bone Structure
The jaw bone can also affect how teeth line up. If there’s an issue with the way your bones are formed, it may cause your teeth to fall out of whack when they grow in. For example, if your jawbone is too small, it can cause teeth to shift and move around. This often leads to an overbite as well as other orthodontic issues.
Undue Pressure on the Teeth and Gums
If you’re constantly grinding your teeth, it can put undue pressure on them, which will cause misalignment. In the same vein as this, if a tooth has been damaged or is missing, then there will be more weight placed on other teeth that may affect how they grow in and line up.
Tumors of the Mouth or Jaw
If you have a tumor growing inside of your mouth or near the jaw, it may cause misalignment and crookedness in some cases. The best way to treat this issue is first to have the tumor removed so it doesn’t affect your teeth anymore.
Thumb Sucking in Children
If you have a child who sucks their thumb, it may cause misalignment in some cases. The longer the issue goes untreated, the more likely teeth are to shift and move around when they start strengthening during adolescence. If you notice that your child is sucking on their thumb or fingers, try to encourage them to stop as early on as possible.
Tongue Thrusting in Children
Just like a thumb-sucking habit, tongue thrusting can cause teeth to move around and misalign. When children thrust their tongues, they do it with force, which puts pressure on the teeth and causes them to shift over time.
Pacifier Use Beyond the Age of Three
If you have a child who uses a pacifier beyond the age of three, it can also affect their teeth. The longer they use one, the more likely there is to be an issue with misalignment since the pacifier puts constant pressure on the teeth and pushes them out of place over time.
Prolonged Use of a Bottle in Children
Just like pacifiers, prolonged use of a bottle can affect how teeth line up. If your child uses a bottle beyond the age when they should be weaned from it, there’s going to be more pressure placed on their developing teeth and jaws, causing a misalignment over time.
Problems That Come with Misaligned Bites
A misaligned bite can cause a number of oral health problems down the road. Depending on how severe the issue is, you may need braces or other orthodontic devices to fix them. That said, a misaligned bite can:
Interfere with Proper Chewing
When teeth are misaligned, it can make chewing difficult. Over time, this issue will cause the muscles in your cheeks to begin atrophying, which leads to weaker bones and tissue in your mouth/jaw area.
Make Keeping Teeth Clean More of a Challenge
If teeth are misaligned, it can make brushing and flossing more challenging. That’s is because the areas where your gums line up with the roots of your teeth may not be easy to reach or touch, which means that plaque has a greater chance of building up there over time.
Strain the Teeth, Jaws, and Muscles
Misaligned teeth can cause more strain on the muscles in your jaw and cheeks. If you don’t regularly exercise your teeth, they may become weaker over time, increasing the risk of breaking due to pressure placed by chewing food on one side rather than both sides evenly.
Self-Consciousness About the Appearance of Your Smile
If your upper jaw is too far back from the bottom one, for example, there’s a good chance that all of your front teeth are visible when smiling wide. This makes some people who have this issue feel nervous about what others may think if they see them smiling out in public.
Misaligned teeth can also cause speech problems, including a lisp. If you have misaligned teeth, you might find yourself tripping over your tongue and struggling with the pronunciation of specific sounds.
Benefits of Carriere® Distalizer Treatment
There’re many benefits of Carriere Distalizer treatment, including:
1) Reduces the Time You Will Need to Spend in Braces or Invisalign
If you suffer from dental crowding, the time it takes for your teeth to move into proper alignment can be shortened considerably when using a Carriere Distalizer. That’s because the appliance helps encourage and improve jaw growth in a natural way that works with, and not against, how your mouth develops.
2) Prevents the Issue From Spreading
If misaligned teeth are not treated, they can spread and cause more serious oral health issues further down the road. Over time, if left untreated, they may begin causing jawbone damage or even fractures in certain areas of your mouth/jaw area where bones are thinner. By getting a Carriere Distalizer as soon as you notice a misaligned tooth developing, it becomes easy to prevent the issue from spreading into something worse.
3) Smooth and Comfortable Design
The appliance is designed in a way that’s comfortable to wear. It has smooth edges and curves around the outside where it touches your mouth, making wearing it for extended periods easier on the mouth and more aesthetically pleasing.
4) No Lip or Cheek Irritation
While wearing this appliance, you won’t have to worry about irritating your lips or cheeks, which is a common issue with other orthodontic devices. The device is made of a material that flexes and bends with your mouth so you can eat comfortably without worrying about causing yourself pain by biting down on something too hard.
5) Discreet and Almost Unnoticeable
The appliance is almost unnoticeable when you smile or speak, making it a discreet way to address misaligned teeth without the appearance of orthodontic treatment. This treatment can greatly benefit those who want a quick and easy solution that won’t be obvious to others as soon as they open their mouths to speak or smile.
6) Doesn’t Impede Speech
Unlike traditional braces, you won’t experience any issues with speech when using this appliance. You can go about your daily routine without worrying about tripping over your words.
7) Easy to Clean and Maintain
The appliance’s design makes it easy to clean and maintain. Just like your regular teeth, you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles and the appropriate amount of fluoride-free toothpaste every day for maximum oral health benefits.
Straighten Your Teeth Today!
A Carriere Distalizer treatment is a great way to correct misaligned teeth and prevent the problem from spreading. The appliance can be worn discreetly, is safe and effective, and doesn’t stop you from smiling confidently. Contact us at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, TX, today to schedule an appointment to discuss this treatment.