MARA (Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance)

A common orthodontic problem is a Class II malocclusion, seen when the upper teeth protrude in front of the lower teeth.  Most often this type of bite is a product of a smaller lower jaw than the upper jaw (rather than an upper jaw that is too far forward).  In these patients, our goal is to encourage growth of the lower jaw in a more forward position, and a MARA is the preferred appliance for this type of growth modification orthodontic treatment.  The MARA may be used without braces in certain cases, or more commonly in conjunction with braces.