dental care


Question by  Rickey (49)

Why do some people have to wear headgear in their orthodontics treatment?

I will die if I have to wear headgear.


Answer by  df94949 (14)

Headgear applies outside pressure to move teeth. Sometimes it can be worn only at night or just a certain number of hours a day. The more it is worn, the sooner you don't have to wear it any longer. There are certain orthodontic problems that cannot be corrected just with braces.


Answer by  quisqualis (1756)

A headgear is embarrassing, but it performs a function that wires alone cannot do. When your bite needs to be made wider, an outside force needs to be applied that pushes the teeth away from the midline. Especially on the bottom, only a headgear can do this.


Answer by  Travis404607 (3916)

Headgear is not commonly used anymore, but is for extreme cases of teeth-straightening and orthodontics. Braces are normally adequate to meet the orthodontic goals.


Answer by  SMuller006 (4)

Headgear serves to slow the outward growth of the upper jaw. The gear itself serves as a form of stabilization.

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