Headgear is a general name for a type of appliance that creates special forces
for guiding the growth of your face and jaws. Headgear is also used to move
your teeth into better position or to prevent them from moving when they’re
not supposed to.
At first, your headgear might look a little strange to you and it may 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.
To get the best results from your headgear, follow these simple guidelines:
Make sure to wear your headgear as directed. It only works when you wear it!
Always closely follow the instructions for wearing your headgear. If you
do, you’ll finish this part of your treatment as quickly as possible and
with the best results.
Always be careful and remove your headgear as you were taught.
Be sure to remove your headgear before you begin running or playing sports,
including rough-and-tumble games. Accidents can happen even when you’re
just having fun.
Be careful to prevent anyone from grabbing or pulling on your headgear.
Do not wear headgear in situations where there is a chance that it could
be pulled off or pulled out of place.
Take your headgear with you to every appointment.
We will give you instructions on the care and cleaning of your headgear.
To keep the appliance working as it should, be sure to follow those
Your teeth may be tender or even slightly loose the first few days you wear
your headgear. This tenderness is normal and will disappear as you adjust to
this new part of your treatment. If you continue to be uncomfortable for more
than a few days, be sure to let our team know.