Call Us Text Us Email Us Map UsSchedule AppointmentVirtual Consult

Orthodontic Headgear

Headgear for Braces

Orthodontic headgear is a critical part of braces treatment for some patients. Designed to create 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 you’re 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.

Orthodontic headgear is available in Burlingame for Millbrae and San Bruno, CA patients.

Types of Orthodontic 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 is used to correct a horizontal overbite or excessive tooth spacing. This is usually designed to be worn from 12–14 hours per day.
Reverse Pull Type: Reverse pull, 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

Orthodontic headgear is a critical part of orthodontic treatment at Burlingame Smile Studio.

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.

Here is some of the advice we give our patients:

  • Use caution when removing. When removed carelessly, the headgear may injure your lips, cheeks, or face.
  • Never remove until you have disconnected the straps.
  • Do not lift over your face.
  • Never wear 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, take an over-the-counter pain medication and maintain a soft diet.

Having this style of braces may seem like a big commitment. While it does require some adjustments, it can be an easy experience with the help of our caring team.

The Burlingame Smile Studio Dental Team Cares About You and Your Smile

We will work with you to get you the results that you have always wanted. To schedule your consultation, call our office today!


Text message is limited to 160 characters.


  1. Enter your Name.
  2. Enter your Cell Phone Number, area code first
  3. Enter your text message in the box.
  4. Click "Send Text"
  5. A copy of this text will be sent to the office and to your cell phone. The office's reply will also be sent to your cell phone where you can continue the text conversation.
Note: Mobile message and data rates from your cell phone carrier may apply.Close ClickToCall Button
NagiosCheckValue - Do not remove please