So you’re about to go inside your orthodontist when you see some patients walking with a metal bar attached to their teeth. The orthodontist explains that the metal bar is a distalizer.
Orthodontists use orthodontic headgear to correct the misalignments in their patients’ teeth. These orthodontic appliances have changed in size and appearance through the years, but their purpose remains the same: to align teeth to their proper place. Many orthodontic appliance laboratories are now developing new ways of helping patients correct malocclusions and misalignments, and one of these is a distalizer.
Putting Teeth in Their Place
A distalizer works a lot like an orthodontic headgear. When your teeth have come out the wrong way, a distalizer will push the teeth to correct its alignment or direction of growth. Your orthodontist will recommend it before you get braces or retainers.
Just the Right Bite
A distalizer corrects overbites and underbites. An overbite occurs when your upper teeth or jaw extends further than your lower jaw. An underbite is what happens when your lower jaw juts farther than your upper teeth.
The distalizer looks like a metal bar on your teeth. One end of the bar is bonded to one tooth while the other is bonded to another molar. The metal band has an elastic that produces the force strong enough to move the teeth.
You can turn to a distalizer to correct both overbites and underbites. A distalizer will prepare your teeth for the placement of braces. Delaying the placement of a distalizer could lead to the following issues: speech-related disorders, problems with swallowing and chewing, gum disease, and tooth decay.
If you’re experiencing difficulty when chewing or speaking, it is best to consult your dentist if you need to see an orthodontist. It will prevent serious problems in the future.