If you or your child is entering the world of orthodontic treatment, you are going to hear a lot of terms tossed around by your orthodontist. Questions are sure to arise as you learn more about your treatment plan, the length of treatment, and all of the options that you have at your disposal. Times have changed, and the field of orthodontics has adapted as well.
Gone are the days when you only had metal wires and brackets as an option to correct problems with the alignment of your teeth. You likely won’t see people wearing head gear anymore either. Thanks to the Carriere Distalizer, you can have the same results that a metal bow attached to a neck strap used to give patients.
At Runnels Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in Destin and Panama City Beach, we offer orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages – kids, teens and adults – to help them achieve straight, healthy smiles. One of the treatment options we offer is the Carriere Distalizer. Doctor Scott Runnels works with each patient individually to determine the most effective treatment plan for his or her needs. Contact Runnels Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics today to schedule your consultation.
What is the Carriere Distalizer?
The Carriere Distalizer is an orthodontic device that is formed by a small, metal bar. This bar is placed on the teeth, bonded to an upper molar tooth and an upper canine tooth. Elastic bands are used on the device to add tension. Over time, the teeth will slowly begin to shift, effectively correcting the bite. It is a relatively quick solution and is barely noticeable.
Is the Carriere Distalizer Effective?
Studies have been performed on the effectiveness of the Carrier Distalizer. Overall, results were positive in addressing malocclusion. While the Carriere Distalizer may not fix every problem, it does work well when teeth have not erupted correctly.
Who is a Candidate for the Carrier Distalizer?
The Carriere Distalizer may be the answer for you if you have problems with your bite that are due to teeth that erupted incorrectly. In the past, head gear would be used to resolve this problem or teeth would be removed. Now you have the option of having a simple device attached to the teeth that will shift the upper teeth back into a more favorable position.
From that point, your orthodontic treatment will continue. This is when you will get your braces or Invisalign aligners. It all depends on what type of treatment is right for you. Talk to Dr. Runnels to find out if the Carriere Distalizer will work for you or your child. You can be on the road to a beautiful set of pearly whites. Get ready to move forward with orthodontic treatment so that you can smile for the camera.