& Treatments > Orthodontic Headgear
Into Gear: Orthodontic Headgear
a general name for a type of appliance that creates special forces
for guiding the growth of your face and jaws. We also use headgear
to move your teeth into better position or to prevent them from
moving when they're not supposed to. Because each case is different,
we will determine the amount of time you'll need to wear your headgear.
two common types of headgear:
"Facebow" type consists of a bow that fits into braces
on your back teeth and a strap that fits behind your neck or over
your head to provide the desired amount and direction of pressure.
Hook" type uses two individual wires with loops on their ends
that attach to your braces. The wires are attached to a strap that
fits over your head or behind your neck to supply the desired corrective
of headgear used in your treatment is what your orthodontist believes
is best to guide your teeth and jaws into their new positions.
your headgear may look a little strange to you, and it will seem
a little awkward. But it's a necessary part of your orthodontic
treatment. Rest assured the healthy, beautiful smile that will be
yours for a lifetime will be well worth the effort you make now.