In the orthodontic world, bites are classified in three categories, based on the relationship with the six-year molars.
Class I: Upper and lower molars are well-related, where the lower molar is slightly forward in relation to the upper molar. Upper and lower canines tend to be well-related to each other, as well.
Class II: Upper six-year molars are too far forward, resulting in a less than ideal relationship between the upper and lower molars. Upper canines may be too far forward in relation to the lower canines. An overbite is a common characteristic, with upper front teeth protruding and too far in front of the lower front teeth.
Class III: Lower molars are too far forward, resulting in a less than ideal relationship. Lower canines are often too far forward in relation to the upper canines. An underbite is characteristic of this bite relationship, with the lower front teeth in front of the upper front teeth. Lower front teeth may also be edge to edge with upper front teeth.
Your Westport & Norwalk orthodontists at Westwalk Orthodontic Group have had great success utilizing Carriere Correctors to correct Class II & Class III bite relationships.
The Carriere Corrector consists of a small, thin metal bar that is bonded from the back of the upper canine to the back of the first molar. Small hooks allow for elastics (rubber bands) to be placed.
These elastics are worn from the hook on the canine to a hook on the molar of the opposite arch to apply the necessary force to achieve the desired tooth movement efficiently. The rubber bands allow retraction of the canines and forward movement of the opposing molars, allowing for an ideal bite relationship.
At the initial consultation, we will present a detailed plan of treatment, and if the Carriere Corrector is recommended, we will explain the appliance in detail.