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Appliance Profile What Is a Carriere Motion Appliance?

The Carriere Motion Appliance is an easy-to-use alternate solution to address posterior malocclusions (misaligned back teeth) before braces or Invisalign treatment begins. It delivers a light, distal (backward) force to the teeth with controlled, favorable rotation of the molars, moving the whole canine to the molar segment as a unit. The result is a more aligned bite for the upper and lower teeth.

What Does This Mean for You?

You should not have to wear old-fashioned headgear or other bulky appliances, or have any teeth extracted. The Carriere Motion Appliance is designed to replace these, but only if you wear the rubber bands as directed. You are capable of handling normal chewing of food with the appliance. However, like all appliances, if proper care is not taken, it may become detached from your teeth. For the Carriere Motion Appliance to work, you must wear your rubber bands as directed. This is very important in order to get the best results in the fastest time possible and to keep you out of alternative bulky appliances and/or avoid the need for tooth extractions.

before appliance placement
Before Appliance Placement
after appliance placement
After 4–6 Months with Rubber Band Wear
final treatment results
Final Treatment Results

Frequent Questions Learn More About the Carriere Motion Appliance

The success of your treatment requires your cooperation! With good cooperation, typical Carriere Motion Appliance treatment is 4-6 months, depending on your orthodontic case. When desired cooperation is achieved, you will get better, faster results, reducing your overall treatment length.

Don’t worry if your canine tooth becomes a little loose or wiggly. It is normal for your teeth (with the Carriere Motion Appliance attached) to become a bit wiggly during treatment. This is a sign you are wearing your elastics properly and your teeth are moving!

Your treatment progress with the Carriere Motion Appliance will be evaluated every 6 weeks. Progress will be visibly evident by spacing in front of the teeth the appliance is attached to. As your teeth move back, your bite is being corrected. Although you may not like the appearance of this temporary spacing, this is exactly what we are looking for because it demonstrates that you are wearing your elastics well!

Try your best to keep all scheduled appointments. Your treatment will progress more quickly if you do. It is an amazing appliance, so let’s not waste time showing off your amazing treatment results!

If your appliance becomes detached from a tooth, it is important to get that reattached to keep your treatment moving forward. Please call our office during normal business hours to schedule an appointment to have it reattached.

You are expected to feel some discomfort while wearing the Carriere Motion Appliance when pressure is applied to move your teeth. Most discomfort can be relieved by taking over-the-counter Advil or Tylenol.

You should refrain from eating any hard or sticky foods while wearing the Carriere Motion Appliance. Try to keep your food bites smaller, and remember to brush and floss after every meal!