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Adolescent patients' experience with the Carriere distalizer appliance
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  09/2013

Authors:  C.F. Hamilton*, H. Saltaji**, C. B. Preston***, C. Flores-Mir****, S. Tabbaa*****

Language:  English

Institution:  *Private Practice, Milford, Massachusetts, USA **School of Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada ***School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA ****Division of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada *****School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatic Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

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Title:  Adolescent patients' experience with the Carriere distalizer appliance

Abstract:  Aim To examine adolescent patientsí experience with the Carriere Distalizer Appliance (CDA) and compare it with that of the Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device (FFRD). Materials and methods A survey was administered to 42 patients treated with the CDA and 70 patients treated with the FFRD. Amount of time required to become accustomed to the appliance, how many patients experienced side effects as well as the degree of discomfort were explored. Results The overall experience with the device was significantly better for the CDA group than for the FFRD group. Both groups felt that delivery and removal of the appliance was quick and easy, the appliance was noticeable to some extent, and the majority became accustomed to it within two weeks with a maximum of one month. In general, associated discomfort and effects on daily life and activities were less for the CDA group than for the FFRD group. Side effects decreased over time for both groups, often more so for the CDA group. The major side effects experienced by the CDA group were difficulty eating and sore teeth, and these improved significantly over time. Soreness from the appliance rubbing on the cheek or lip was significantly less for the CDA group. Conclusion The CDA appears to be more comfortable, offers a more positive overall experience, and has fewer negative comfort-related side effects compared to FFRD.

 
 
 
 
 
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