A MARA appliance, just like any orthodontic appliance, will take some time to get used too. The most common site of discomfort is your cheek just next to the upper component. Your orthodontist can give you wax, cotton pads, or a mouth rinse to help with the soreness. This usually goes away within a week. The other challenge with the MARA is learning how to properly bite with the appliance in. You will practice this in the office a number of times before leaving and this will become 2nd nature within 24 hours. In general the MARA is a well-tolerated functional appliance that has been proven to be an essential tool for certain cases to achieve ideal bite correction.
If you have any further questions about why you or your child was recommended a MARA appliance do not hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We are welcoming new patients for complimentary initial consultations and are happy to discuss your specific needs. Thank you and please let us know any future blog topics you would like to have me write about.