The Mara is an appliance that helps posture your jaw forward when you bite down. This helps correct overbites in growing patients. Usually, it is worn about 9-12 months before removal. After the first week of wear, it should be comfortable. In order to make your first week go smoothly, here are a few hints:

  • 1. Sore jaw muscles are common. Chew soft foods for the first week. A warm compress can be used against your cheek areas if the muscles feel tight. If desired, a mild pain reliever such as Tylenol or Motrin can be used as directed for occasional discomfort.
  • 2. Soreness on the inside of your cheeks adjacent to the appliance is sometimes common. Use wax to cover any uncomfortable areas.
  • 3. Cut food into small pieces and, if the back teeth don't touch, chew with the front teeth in an up-and-down motion. Don't worry. The back teeth will touch as you adjust to wearing the appliance. Later, as the back teeth touch, chew with the back teeth in the same up-and-down motion rather than side to side to avoid irritating the cheeks.
  • 4. Be sure to spend extra time cleaning around the back crowns with your toothbrush. Always inspect the appliance after brushing and remove any food that was missed.
  • 5. Sometimes, the ligature ties for the elbow arm of the appliance can come loose. Call the office if this happens. You can slip the elbow out of the upper crown to make it more comfortable until we can see you for an appointment.
  • 6. Remember to bite forward with the appliance. This helps with eating and results in the correction of the overbite.