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MARA Instructions


A MARA appliance is used to move teeth to a straighter, more functional position and correct a Class II malocclusion, which is one of the most common types of orthodontic problems. MARA is short for mandibular anterior repositioning appliance. This orthodontic appliance is an ideal step for teeth and jaw correction prior to braces. Continue reading below to learn more about MARA!

What Is MARA?

MARA is a fixed orthodontic appliance. It is “fixed” in place and cannot be removed by the patient. This specific orthodontic appliance works to move the patient’s lower jaw forward so that the top and bottom teeth will meet. When functioning correctly, the only way for the patient to bite down, with MARA in place, is to slide their lower jaw forward. With time, jaw correction will occur and the bottom jaw will move forward to align with the top jaw. Typically, it takes about 9-12 months for full jaw correction with MARA.

Instructions & Rules to Follow

When wearing MARA, it is very important to follow the instructions given to you by your orthodontist. Remember these helpful tips and you’ll get used to MARA in no time.

Jaw Position Corrector

Your MARA is ready to help fix your jaw position. At first, it will probably feel awkward to hold your jaw forward while eating. Your teeth will not fit together well and you will not chew perfectly. This will improve after a few weeks

Soft Foods

Start eating soft foods after your MARA appliance has been put in place. These will be easier to chew and more comfortable during the first few weeks.

How Long Will I Need MARA?

You will have MARA about 9-12 months.

Care for Your Appliance

The arms and elbows of the MARA are only guides to show you where to bite. DO NOT bang or chew on them or they will break and come loose. Most patients are very careful and don’t break their MARA. If any parts of the MARA does break, please call your orthodontist right away to schedule an appointment.

Irritation: Wax Is Your Friend

The MARA appliance may cause irritation on your gums and cheeks but this should go away in about a week. Use orthodontic wax on the appliance, warm saltwater rinses, or Rincinol to help heal the soft tissues. Your bite will change over the next few months from its original position and the MARA will probably need to be adjusted. You may notice small spaces between your front teeth and these will be closed later.


As always, make sure to brush effectively, removing all food particles from your teeth and the orthodontic appliance. If you ever have questions about your MARA appliance, never hesitate to ask your orthodontist who wants to ensure that your jaw correction and braces journey is as smooth as possible.

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