Another Type of Corrective Orthodontic

The most common type of corrective orthodontic device is braces. They help to straighten out our teeth and close the excess gaps between the teeth. This is not the only type of corrective orthodontic device that an orthodontist has at their disposal. In some cases it is necessary to use a headgear apparatus to help supplement the work of the braces.

An orthodontist will use a headgear when a patient has either an over-bite or under-bite. Most patients that get this type of appliance are children but some adults also need to use it. The reason that children are the primary user base is because they are still growing and this type of corrective treatment can be more effective. Children also take less time to have the desired effect than with adults.

The headgear itself is made up of wires that hook into the braces and are attached to a facebow. The facebow is then attached with elastic bands or springs to the head cap. This allows the headgear to apply pressure to a person’s jaw that suffers from an over-bite and it slows the upper jaw from growing while allowing the lower jaw to have a chance to catch up. The headgear can also be used on the lower jaw if a patient suffers from an under-bite.

The typical treatment time for wearing the headgear is about 18 months. It is recommended to wear the braces headgear for as much as 10-14 hours per day. This will allow for a shorter treatment term but if a patient doesn’t follow these instructions then the treatment can last significantly longer. Adults, as we said earlier, will have to wear the headgear for about 14-18 hours a day and their treatment time can be around 24 months.

Braces help straighten our teeth but in some cases such as with an over-bite or under-bite it is necessary to use an orthodontic headgear to ensure that the patient is at their very best oral health. When the treatment is all said and done the rewards of a beautiful smile will be far more than the temporary embarrassment of the headgear.

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