Pennington NJ Orthodontist & Pediatric Dentist

Many patients visit our office facing a wide variety of orthodontic concerns within their smiles. At Pennington Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we are always looking for the most comfortable and effective treatment plan that we can offer patients that will best meet their needs. One of the orthodontic appliances that we offer to patients is the Carriere® Distalizer™ Appliance. Often working as just one component to your treatment plan, Dr. Patel-Parekh uses this appliance to correct major tooth misalignments to get your smile ready for braces.


The Carriere Distalizer is an orthodontic device developed to correct a bite without removing permanent teeth when teeth have erupted incorrectly. With an effect similar to headgear, but without the use of a bulky appliance, the Carriere Distalizer pushes upper teeth back to create a corrected bite prior to the addition of braces. How does the Carriere Distalizer work?

  • First, your orthodontist will create an anchor point, most commonly with a lower Essex Appliance, a passive lingual arch, full mandibular fixed appliance, or mini-screws. A Carriere Distalizer arm is then attached to the upper teeth on both sides of your mouth.
  • An elastic band is attached from the upper bar to the lower back molars and should be worn at all times except when eating.
  • With good elastic wear, your bite can be corrected in a matter of months, depending on the severity of your case.
  • When the Carriere Distalizer arms are removed, we will place upper braces to finish correcting your bite and aligning your teeth to the perfectly straight, ideal smile you’ve always wanted.


Carriere® Distalizer™ Appliances can also be used to assist in correcting overbites and underbites. An overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth. Usually, overbites only cause cosmetic concerns, though in extreme cases they can result in jaw pain and speech impediments. Underbites occur when the lower jaw protrudes forward, causing the lower jaw and teeth to extend beyond the upper teeth. Underbites can cause more issues within your smile such as problems chewing, swallowing, or speaking effectively. They can also lead to the development of jaw pain and cause increased wear on the tooth enamel over time.

If you suspect you or your child has an overbite or an underbite, we suggest visiting Dr. Patel-Parekh. She will work with you to determine the best option for treating this orthodontic concern. As your trusted orthodontist in Pennington, NJ, rest assured any issues you may have within your smile will be treated thoroughly and with respect within our office.


Am I eligible for treatment with Carriere® Distalizer™?

Usually, this device is just one part of your orthodontic treatment plan. Dr. Patel-Parekh will evaluate your smile and determine the best course of action, including if this device is appropriate for your specific condition. Typically, this device is used to prepare your mouth for braces by correcting major tooth misalignments first.

What are the benefits of the Carriere® Distalizer™?

This device allows us to treat major orthodontic problems that would’ve ordinarily needed cumbersome headgear to fix. It’s a more subtle way to treat these issues and helps make your overall orthodontic treatment easier and quicker.

How long is the treatment time with this device?

Typically, treatment with Carriere® Distalizer™ takes about 3-4 months. The results are highly visible and also shortens the length of treatment needed for braces or other future orthodontic devices.


Are you looking for an orthodontist in Pennington, NJ? Pop Smiles is here for you. We are currently accepting appointments from new and returning patients. Even if you are unsure what kind of treatment it is that you need, we are happy to consult with you and find a solution that works for your smile. Please schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.