What is headgear for braces?
This is a type of device worn with a brace which helps with the repositioning of the teeth. It needs to be worn for quite a few hours each day but its use is declining as orthodontists prefer to use temporary implants instead.
It consists of 3 elements:
- The facebow: this is a wire component with two parts which include ‘inner arms’ that fit inside the mouth and outer arms which fit outside the mouth, over the cheeks. This acts as an attachment for the headcap.
- A headcap: this is worn on the head and is attached to the facebow via a series of straps or springs.
- Rubber bands or springs: these join these together.
The headcap acts a cushioning pad for the facebow and straps. These straps are fastened to the facebow and go round the back of the head or neck. This helps to straighten the teeth.
It tends to be worn in the evening and night only as it is both cumbersome and restrictive. If a child or teenager has to wear headgear then there is the risk of teasing or bullying as a result of this.
It is a useful corrective device but requires the wearer to stick to a routine and be disciplined about wearing it.
Learn more about orthodontics….
- What is an orthodontist?
- What is ‘malocclusion?’
- Why orthodontic treatment?
- Can adults have orthodontic treatment?
- What is a ‘brace?’
- What does orthodontic treatment involve?
- Will I have to have teeth removed?
- How long does the treatment take?
- Does it hurt?
- Do I have to pay for this treatment?
- How do I care for my brace or retainer?
- What is ‘headgear for braces?’
Types of Orthodontic Braces
- Smile Makeover
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Restorations
- Dental Implants
- Cerec dentistry
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Tooth Reshaping
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Teeth Straightening
- Inman Aligner
- 6 month smiles
- Damon Braces
- Lingual braces
- General Dentistry
- Dental Hygiene
- Perio Protect
- Dental Floss