Headgear

About Braces

Headgear

One of the ways we are going to move your jaw bones and teeth is through the use of an appliance called a headgear. It helps us move your teeth in a way that braces alone can’t. The headgear uses the back of the neck or the back of the head to provide force to the teeth to help create a beautiful smile. Some common uses of the headgear are to move the teeth back to create more space, to anchor molars during treatment, to bring the upper teeth and jaw forward or to lift and hold the upper front teeth in order to open a deep bite. Depending on the type of headgear you are wearing, it will fit in tubes on the molar bands, attach to an expander appliance, or hook to the archwire. Headgear is a removable appliance that is usually worn during the evening and nighttime hours. The more you wear headgear, the better it works; and the treatment time can be reduced by wearing it.

When headgear is prescribed, patients do not need to wear their headgear to school, work, or during active sports; it must be worn ten hours each day, unless you are otherwise instructed. Consistent daily use of this appliance is essential to achieve success in treatment. Never allow the headgear to be damaged, and do not roughhouse with headgear on.

Usually, patients who wear headgear can expect to feel some pressure when the strap is attached to the face bow and relief of the pressure when the strap is detached. Sometimes, the molars ache and become slightly loosened as tooth movement occurs. Once in a while, a band will become loose; if this happens, please call our office for an appointment to have the band recemented.