How Headgear Aids Orthodontic Treatment

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, headgear is a valuable tool used to addressspecific dental issues such as overbites or underbites. These conditions occur when the upper or lower jaw is positioned incorrectly, causing the teeth to be misaligned. Headgear provides a gentle and effective solution by applying controlled force to guide the growth and positioning of the upper jaw and teeth.

Designed to be worn outside the mouth, headgear consists of a combination of straps, bands, and a facebow. The facebow is a metal appliance that attaches to the braces or other orthodontic appliances inside the mouth. The straps or bands are then secured around the head and neck to stabilize the facebow and distribute the force appropriately.

The purpose of headgear is to restrict the further forward growth of the upper jaw and teeth. By gently “pulling” on the teeth, headgear helps to redirect their positioning and guide them into alignment with the lower teeth and jaw. This controlled force gradually corrects the overbite or underbite, improving the overall bite and facial profile. Headgear is typically worn for a specific amount of time each day, as directed by your orthodontist. Consistency in wearing the headgear is crucial to achieve the desired results. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions carefully to ensure that the treatment progresses effectively and efficiently.

If you have any questions or concerns about headgear or your orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to Weibel Orthodontics. We are your trusted partner throughout the journey to a straighter and healthier smile.