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.

References:

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