Your Carriere® Appliance
What is a Carriere Appliance?
The Carriere Appliance is an effective and easy way to correct overbites. The appliance is made up of two small wires bonded to the upper molars and eye teeth. Elastic rubber bands are worn from this wire to your lower braces.
How does it work?
The Carriere Appliance is a comfortable and gentle way to correct overbites right at the beginning of treatment, before the upper braces are placed. The elastics work by applying gentle forces pulling the upper teeth back and the lower teeth forward.
When are the elastics worn?
The elastic rubber bands are worn 24 hours/day, including eating, for an average time of 3-6 months. Please change the elastics regularly at least 3 times per day. After that period of time, a full set of upper braces is placed.
Why is the Carriere Appliance being used?
In many cases, this can reduce the overall time that patients will spend wearing a full set of braces by up to 6 months. The Carrier Appliance is comfortable, effective, and easy. With good elastic band wear, there is no need for headgear or removal of teeth to fix the overbite.
Please avoid any sticky or hard foods, such as candy or gum while wearing the appliance as well as popcorn. Brush thoroughly under the wires 3 times per day. When soreness occurs, do not remove the elastic! Instead take Tylenol or Advil for any discomfort that may occur during the first few days of elastic wear.
You are on your way to a healthy bite and a beautiful smile!