This is a type of device which acts as additional support for a brace. It is worn around the head – hence the name – with a section attached to the brace and is worn at night times only.
What does a headgear do?
The main purpose of headgear is to help pull the back teeth into position or keep them in place whilst the front teeth are re-aligned. It stops the front teeth from protruding at the end of treatment.
You cannot eat or drink when wearing headgear.
Wearing a headgear
Your orthodontist will demonstrate how to wear headgear. He/she will also explain what it does and the correct way of wearing it. Follow these instructions carefully as a failure to do so may result in damage to the device.
- Place or remove the headgear in two stages. Do not try and pull the entire device off over the face or head.
- Remove the headgear before playing sport
- Ensure that any safety mechanisms in position before going to bed.
- If any part becomes detached from the headgear then contact your orthodontist. Do this if the device becomes broken.
Your orthodontist will advise you about the number of hours you need to wear headgear.
Is a headgear painful to wear?
Headgear may cause some discomfort when you first start wearing it but this due to the fact that it is worn in conjunction with a brace. And you need to allow a few days to become accustomed to the brace.
Take painkillers if it causes pain or soreness but do not remove the headgear and brace as this interrupts the treatment and means that you will have to repeat this initial stage. Persevere with it for the first week of your treatment.
Complications with a headgear
In the unlikely situation that the headgear causes you an injury then contact your orthodontist or your GP as soon as possible. Do this if it malfunctions in any way.
Caring for a headgear
You will have to remove your headgear in order to brush your teeth. Make sure that you clean your teeth at least 3 times a day and replace the headgear carefully afterwards.