Carriere Motion Appliance
Designed to assist patients with class II or class III misalignment, this device claims to speed up orthodontic treatments with months. Carriere motion appliance is essentially a small metal or clear arch which gets bonded on two teeth with two more in between (holding a total of 4 teeth). Combined with a single bracket bonded on the opposite arch, the appliance allows sufficient pressure to work on your teeth and move them in the desired direction.
Whether you choose the metal or clear Carriere appliance, you’ll notice there isn’t much difference. Placed on the side of your teeth, it will be completely invisible, unless you flash a huge smile (in which case we’re confident that your happiness will be too infectious for anyone to notice).
Once we’re happy with the alignment of your jaws, we can remove the motion appliance and move on to your Invisalign treatment to straighten the teeth and get you the smile that you’re after. Based on a study conducted by Henry Schein Orthodontics (the creators of Carriere Motion Appliance), this approach can save you nearly a year in treatment!
Wearing clear aligners has proven to be one of modern Londoners’ preferred teeth straightening methods. Virtually invisible, these thin aligners fitting firmly over your teeth are surprisingly strong and produce shockingly beautiful results without the necessity for metal brackets, elastics, and inconvenience.
The aligners work quite simply. After some tiny tooth-coloured buttons (called attachments) are bonded on your teeth, you pop in your aligners. Every one or two weeks you change the custom-made, 3D printed-just-for-you aligners to gradually move the teeth in the desired direction. Pre-designed on Invisalign’s software, the aligners rely on the attachments to provide the surface to which pressure will be applied.
During your initial consultation we will carry out a full orthodontic assessment – this will require photos and X-rays to be taken. At Moira Wong Orthodontics we take our time and make sure we understand your concerns and requirements fully. Once the examination is complete, your orthodontist will be able to recommend a choice of treatments and explain the pros and cons of each.
Once we know which treatment you’re most interested in, we’ll prepare a complete treatment plan. This document explains what will happen throughout your treatment, the projected duration, costs, etc. Please note that individual biological response will vary from patient to patient, and our treatment plan may not be as accurate as we’d all wish. Nonetheless, it will provide you with a good indication of time and shall you follow our guidance strictly, your treatment will be bliss.
When you agree to the proposed treatment, we will schedule your first appointment to begin your treatment. At this visit to the clinic, your orthodontist will fit your Carriere Motion Appliance and instruct you on the elastics you need to wear. Because of the speed that we expect this treatment to work with, we may need to see you often within the first few months. In some cases, your orthodontist may decide to combine Carriere Motion Appliance and Invisalign aligners from the very start of the treatment – this will depend on your needs. Whichever the case, rest assured we’ll explain every step of the way in detail.
As mentioned above, we’re likely to want to see you more often while the Carriere Motion Appliance is actively moving your teeth and jaw. Once this process is over, you’ll need to come to the clinic every 6 or 8 weeks. If you’re very busy or simply want to travel without a worry in the world, talk to us about remote dental appointments – we have tons of tricks up our sleeve to give you the orthodontic experience you want and deserve.
At the end of your treatment, when your teeth and your bite have been appropriately adjusted, we will remove the attachments for your Invisalign braces, and all brackets related to the Carriere Motion Appliance (if your treatment required it for the entire duration). To ensure the retention of the achieved results and avoid relapse, we will place a fixed retainer. The fixed retainer is a thin wire bonded to the back of the upper and lower front teeth. It keeps them together and prevents them from moving, and you’ll never know it’s there!
We will also provide you with a set of removable retainers for you to wear overnight. The removable retainers are clear thin aligners that go over your teeth. They will help ensure your teeth are protected from moving and prevent you from grinding and applying forces that might affect the achieved results. Finally, we will see you for regular appointments approximately every three months during the first year post your orthodontic treatment. These appointments aim to closely monitor how your teeth behave post-treatment and react promptly if there are any changes.
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