Orthodontic headgear is a very important part of the treatment for some patients. Headgear creates forces that guide the growth of the face and jaws. It’s orthopeadic effect is to modify the growth of the upper jaw. To receive the orthopedic efftect of a headgear it must be consistently worn an accumulated average of 12 to 14 hours a day. A retraction headgear is used for Class II correction (overbite & overjet). It connects to the back of the head or back of the neck. It can influence facial anterior-posterior and vertical growth. It also is used to move teeth into better positions or to prevent teeth from moving by anchoring them. The two most common headgears are:
High Pull Headgear Cervical Pull Headgear
- Maintaining constant use of your headgear will achieve the best results. If instructions on usage are not followed, treatment will take longer and our treatment plan may have to change.
- Always be careful when removing your headgear. If the headgear is removed carelessly, the part that fits in your mouth and attaches to your teeth could injure your lips, cheeks, face and possibly your eyes.
- Never remove the headgear until the straps have been disconnected.
- Never lift the headgear over your face. Never wear the headgear when running or playing sports.
- Take your headgear with you to every appointment.
Your teeth will be tender for the first few days of wearing your headgear. This tenderness will disappear as you adjust to the new pressures.
Let Dr. Bernardo Rodriguez know if you continue to be uncomfortable for more than a few days. Wearing headgear is necessary for your treatment. Follow the instructions exactly, and you will complete your treatment without any changes in your treatment plan