January’s Tip

The Sidekick

By Dr. Adrian J. Palencar, MUDr, MAGD, IBO, FADI, FPFA, FICD

January 2024

The Sidekick is a bondable hook which was engineered to work seamlessly with Carriere Motion 3D Appliances, as opposed to other hook options. Features include low profile for comfort, a micro-etched base for bond strength, and a hook shape to better hold elastics in place.

The author was exposed to the Sidekick when he was introduced to the Carrier 3D Appliances. He developed a penchant for it, and he uses it also as a hook for forced eruption (elevation) of mandibular posterior sextants during the orthodontic phase of TM dysfunction treatment.


  1. Palencar A. J. Case Finishing and Mechanics, Rondeau Seminars
  2. Personal experience
  3. Cerum Ortho Organizers Catalpogue; I6