Orthodontic headgear is a very important part of the treatment for some patients. Headgear creates a force that guides the growth of the face and jaws. It also is moves teeth into better positions or to prevent teeth from moving.
Consistent wear of the headgear is necessary to achieve the best results. If our instructions are not followed, treatment will take longer or the treatment plan may have to be changed.
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. If it becomes soiled, the doctors will show you how to clean it.
Your teeth may be tender for the first few days of wearing your headgear. This tenderness will disappear as you adjust to the new pressures. Let us 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 on time, without changes in the treatment plan.