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Orthodontic Headgear

orthodontic-headgearOccasionally, such dental problems as bad bite, uneven jaw development, teeth misalignment cannot be corrected or treated using braces alone. Specialized appliances like orthodontic headgears are recommended in such cases. This device is partially worn on the outside of the mouth where they produce adequate force to adjust the teeth in its proper position and help appropriate jaw development.

There are different types of headgears which are each built to fit specific situations. Appropriate treatment plan and helmet will be selected to meet your problem. Adhere strictly to instructions and recommendations given for optimum results.

Types of Headgear

The cervical pull is a common type of orthodontic headgear. This device consists of a strap worn at the back of the neck; a U-shaped wire attached to the bands at the end of your teeth. The high-pull headgear is another type that is similar to the cervical pull. The teeth are connected by a wire which is held in place by a strap attached to the head.


These two headgears ware used in correcting a dental condition in children called an overjet (when there is an excess horizontal overbite). They do this by impeding the growth of the upper jaw. They can also correct teeth spacing and help maintain proper bite in adults. These headgears are made to be used for around 12-14 hours daily.

An underbite is corrected using a reverse-pull or facemask headgear. The upper jaw is lightly pulled by the device, enabling it to catch up with the lower jaw. A vertical frame connects a pad on the forehead and another on the chin. Elastics or wires which connect the braces to the framework provides the necessary pulling force. For this appliance to work well, it has to be worn for 14-16 hours daily.

The Efficiency of Headgear Depends on You

For any headgear you are using to be effective, you need to follow the instructions on wearing them strictly. That means they must be worn for the specified time every day. Missing days or shortening the specified wearing time for your headgears could significantly affect the outcome of the treatment.

Initially, wearing orthodontic headgears comes with some discomfort which will go on its own if diligently worn. Common pain relievers and a soft diet will help with that. Occasionally, you could feel soreness when you chew, and your first molars could become loose. This occurrence is regular as it is an indication that the device is working. But when you experience severe pain, feel some looseness in the anchor band or discover problems with the headgear, you should seek immediate professional assistance.

Maintain Your Headgear

Proper care and cleaning of your orthodontic headgears are crucial to get the best from them. You should also learn how to wear and remove the headgears properly. Your appliances should be brought along when visiting the dental office. Orthodontic headgears might initially cause some discomfort, but the result they give will put a beautiful smile on your face.

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