The Orthodontic headgear braces is a kind of orthodontic product that is hooked up to the dental braces or to the palatal expander. it’s purpose is the correction of severe bite problems in kids and adults. The headgear creates special force to move the teeth into a better position. Amount of time needed to use the braces may vary, it’s often determined by the patient issues.
There 2 main types of orthodontic headgear:
- “Face-bow” type: it in a bow-like form that fit into the braces of the back teeth. It has a strap that can go behind the neck or over the head. This strap provides is known to determine the needed quantity and pressure part.
- J hook type: it incubate the use of two loops & lines on their end that are attached to the braces. It also has an hook behind the neck to provide the necessary pressure.
In many cases the use of headgear can be from 8-12 hours per day for 9 to 18 months. However the length or period of time the orthodontic headgear should been used is determined by the technicality of the problems. Patients will experience some soreness when their headgear is installed as well as when chewing. This soreness may persist for the next few days until the teeth become adjusted to the pressure of the headgear. Therefore the key to pain relief is using this type of brackets regularly and constantly and not to remove it for particular periods of time
Orthodontic specialists recommend using the headgear as instructed for better and faster results. Patients have to be very careful while wearing the headgear. It should be removed whenever the patient will be having an ultra movement exercise like sport. Patients should make sure to clean the headgear as instructed and be careful when removing it since it can hurt your eyes, cheeks or lips.
The headgear has been used for hundreds of years, most often, in children who are still growing. Due to improvements in other type of ceramic braces, people use less often the headgear today than it once was. The headgear is sometimes uncomfortable and even painful.
Cervical pull and high reverse pull headgear
Cervical pull and High Pull Headgear are used when Children have an excessive horizontal overbite. The correction is done by preventing the growth of the upper jaw.
Adults who need to maintain a proper bite or correct tooth spacing also can use these type of braces.
Cervical Pull Headgear
kind has a U- shaped wire that fits into the bands on your back teeth. It is made like a bow to match the braces of the teeth back in the mouth. Yet it has a strap that goes around your neck to provide the necessary pressure to align your teeth. High-pull kind is the same as the cervical-pull kind only that has a string that is attached to the teeth. Also, its string goes above and back of the head. Both kinds perform the same function of correction of overbite. It does this function by baring the upper jaw from developing in minors. In grown-ups, it is used to correct the spacing of the teeth after one has removed a tooth.
Reverse Pull Headgear.
Also Has a U- shaped wire that attaches to the bands on your back teeth, but has a strap that goes behind and over the head ( also called “j” hook). It is also known to as facemask headgear. It has two pads in which one of them is on the forehead and the other one on the chin. In addition, it has strings that are attached to the frame to exert pressure. It is used in the correction of under-bite. It does this by pulling the upper jaw frontwards. This kind of braces is performing better when it is combined with other dental braces. The only challenge that they are facing is that users don’t like the way they appear. This is because they are noticeable by everyone – a reason why most people remove them when in public. But it is better the users to remember that all they need is the results; they should keep the consistency use of the braces instead of feeling embarrassed. You should not finish a day without wearing this places. Even if most people fit it disturbing to use them on the bed, you should make sure that you wear the braces for at least for 10 hours every day. The braces have an advantage of giving faster results compared to the traditional/metal braces. This is why they are the better option even if they are ever noticeable.
It’s important to mentioned that Cervical Pull and High Pull Headgear should be used between 12-14 hours a day.
How to put on
Nevertheless, it is very effective when used in combination with other dental appliances such as braces. One of the main complaints about the dental headgear has to be with its appearance. Patients feel embarrassed wearing this appliance so they avoid using it as much as possible, especially in public. However patients have to be very consistent and remember that poor compliance will result in worse results and will increase the treatment time. Orthodontists recommend never to go a complete 24 hour period without wearing the headgear. Although it might be uncomfortable to use the braces, while sleeping, patients should wear it at least 12 hours at home throughout the night.
How do I know if I need headgear?
Your orthodontist can determine if you need it. Both adults and children can use them. The benefit of headgear is that can make a faster teeth reposition than traditional braces ( for example when there is misalignment with teeth called malocclusion).
It can be possible that first you use headgear and then after some time your specialist decides you put braces.
Despite the unaesthetic point of view, the use of these braces can be a good solution for you and solve your bite problems.
Headgear stories and side effects
Below there is an interesting video of a girl telling her story. These can help you to have a better understanding of how this orthodontic works and take away fears.