Guiding Growth and Movement with Headgear

Orthodontic headgear is a critical part of orthodontic treatment for some patients. Headgear creates forces that gently guide the growth of the face and jaws, and promote proper movement of the teeth.

There’s no need to worry about headgear when you have the Burlingame Smile Studio team on your side. Our compassionate professionals will work closely with you to ensure that your headgear is as comfortable as possible. Please feel free to share your concerns or questions with us. Headgear can help you complete treatment on time and achieve an incredible smile that lasts you a lifetime.

Types of Headgear

The most common types of headgear include the cervical pull type and the reverse pull type.

Cervical Pull Type: The cervical pull headgear has a U-shaped wire that attaches to the bands on the back teeth, and a strap that is worn behind the neck. This type of headgear is used to correct a horizontal overbite or excessive tooth spacing. This headgear is usually designed to be worn from 12-14 hours per day.
Reverse Pull Type: Reverse pull headgear, or “facemask” headgear is used to correct an underbite. It gently pulls the upper jaw forward to meet the lower jaw. It consists of two pads (one on the forehead, and one on the chin), and should usually be worn from 14-16 hours each day.

Maintaining Your Headgear and Your Oral Health

No matter which type of headgear that Dr. Lee recommends to you, it is important that you wear it diligently and take good care of it. When you wear your headgear faithfully, any discomfort you experience at the beginning of treatment should quickly fade away.

Some of the advice we give our patients who wear headgear is listed below.

  • Use caution when removing your headgear. When removed carelessly, the headgear may injure your lips, cheeks, or face.
  • Never remove the headgear until you have disconnected the straps.
  • Do not lift the headgear over your face.
  • Never wear your headgear while running or playing sports.
  • Bring your headgear with you to every appointment so that we can help you take care of it.
  • If you experience discomfort while adjusting to your headgear, take an over-the-counter pain medication and maintain a soft diet.

Orthodontic headgear may seem like a big commitment. While it does require some adjustments, it an be an easy experience with the help of our caring team. We will work with you to get you the results that you have always wanted. To schedule your consultation, call our office today!