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  • April 5, 2018

    Don’t like Head Gear? Any other appliances to help bite correction?

    There is an appliance—called Carriere Motion—that we place to substitute Head Gear. Head Gear definitely does help by modifying skeletal growth and providing dental movement, however, it is not the first choice for most parents and kids because of its image and esthetics. Many parents mention about how awful their experiences were with Head Gear wear and ask if there are other ways to fix the bite.

    Carriere Motion is another appliance we use to help patients with bite issues. Carriere Motion does not provide Skeletal effect, but addresses dental issues very effectively. If you have concerns because of Overjet—the distance between the upper and lower front teeth; layperson calls it overbite—it will help you with bite correction. The appliance is placed before you or your child gets braces or Invisalign.

    The appliance is only attached to the upper eye teeth and molars, and the patients wear rubber bands to the hook on the lower molars. Correcting the bite is time consuming with braces, however with Carriere Motion bite correction is more effective since you are only targeting the correction rather than straightening teeth at the same time.

    Moreover, kids are more motivated since they are most compliant during the first couple months of treatment. However, rubber band wear is crucial for the appliance to work—just like Invisalign. Once Motion is in for 3-6 months, patients will just need braces for about 12 months. Since you did the heavy lifting—meaning bite correction—with Motion first, your total time with braces or Invisalign is reduced, which means less time for you or your child to worry about food, hygiene and emergencies with breaking braces.

    Please call us to schedule a free consultation if you live in or proximal to Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall, Sammamish and Carnation. We are located at Redmond Ridge in QFC mall. We are just ten minutes away from Redmond, Duvall, Carnation, Sammamish and Woodinville Downtown.

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