About the Distal Jet
The Distal Jet Appliance is a non-removable lingual appliance that is used to move upper teeth backward faster and more predictably than headgear. The Distal Jet distalizes molars and corrects teeth that have rotated. This appliance corrects class II problems.
The Distal Jet Appliance uses a solid track wire and two sets of locking screws on each side. The appliance is self-limiting by design because it has a distal stop attached to the tracking wire. The Distal Jet can be converted to a Nance Appliance by tightening the distal and anterior locks against the track wire and adding a Nance holding arch.
Wear and Care of the Distal Jet
The Distal Jet Appliance is a non-removable lingual appliance that is used to move upper teeth back. The Distal Jet Appliance works with its compressed spring to gently push the teeth back over time to correct class II problems.
Your mouth may be tender for the first few days after receiving your appliance. This is normal and should disappear within a week. Frequent rinsing with warm salt water will help soothe any irritation. Pain relievers may also be given as needed. Wax can be put on the pieces of the appliance that may rub against the cheeks.
Reading out loud will help you get used to your new appliance. Speech will return to normal within a week to ten days. Words to practice are “CHURCH”, “MISSISSIPPI”, and “SIXTY-SIX”. An increase in the production of saliva may be noticed until your mouth gets used to the appliance. Do not play with the appliance with your fingers or tongue. This can cause breakage. If a band comes loose or a wire gets bent, please call our office.
For the first few days, soft foods will be best to eat. Food should be cut into small pieces. Gummy, sticky and chewy foods are OFF LIMITS. These foods can loosen the bands.
Usually it is only the appliance itself that requires getting used to. The Distal Jet is bulky and you may have difficulty speaking and swallowing for a day or so. The activation is totally painless and patients report nearly no discomfort from the distalization process. As your bite changes you may notice differences in chewing and the feel of biting down, but these are typically very easy to get used to.
Congratulations on your new appliance and welcome to our practice!
At Each Appointment
The word DISTAL means ‘towards the back of the mouth’. Your new appliance, the Distal Jet, gets it name because it moves your first molars distally. The Distal Jet uses the combination of the 4 pre-fit orthodontic bands and a laboratory fabricated palatal pad for anchorage to make this movement possible.
There is an inline activation screw that Dr. Streem compresses, and a nickel-titanium spring, to move the molars back. Activations are done every 4-8 weeks at the discretion of Dr. Streem.
Once the molar/molars have been distalized, we will remove the appliance and fit new bands for a type of fixed retainers known as a Nance button.
The Nance button will hold the molars in their new position while the braces shift the rest of your teeth to follow Dr. Streem’s treatment plan. The Nance will stay in place for most of your treatment, but may be removed earlier if Dr. Streem sees a clinical need to do so.
The same diet considerations that we use for braces apply for the Distal Jet. In particular, stay away from sticky foods! Sticky foods and candy will pull the bands loose resulting in the need for an emergency visit and unnecessary delays in treatment. If the appliance is significantly damaged it may have to be removed resulting in additional costs. So please BE CAREFUL.