Headgear can be an important part of treatment for certain patients, though it’s becoming less common. Typically more modern approaches are used for creating your new healthy smile that will bring you confidence and happiness. During your initial new patient examination, we can discuss whether headgear will be part of treatment. If prescribed headgear, please read and follow these instructions.
Your Cooperation Is the Key to Success
Good headgear wear (12-14 hours per day) reduces treatment time. Forgetting to wear your headgear or not getting enough hours wearing your headgear could result in longer treatment time, changing your treatment plan, and may even affect the final results.
A Clever Invention
Headgear is actually an amazing invention because it uses the shape of your head to gently add specific forces that guide the growth of your jaw and speeds the time of your treatment.
Instructions for Wear
Practice placing your headgear in front of a mirror. Soon, with practice, you will be able to place and remove it without a mirror.
Start with wearing 2-3 hours prior to bedtime, to get used to placing and wearing it.
Wear it while sleeping (8-10 hours), working up to 12-14 hours a day.
What to Expect
Soreness to the teeth once wearing up to 8-10 hours, probably lasting 2-3 days, but consistency is the key to success and comfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen, can help with soreness.
Difficulty sleeping at first. Try placing 2 pillows around your face/headgear to be more comfortable. We suggest starting on a Friday or Saturday night. Discomfort will pass with consistent wear, within the first week.
Brush the metal piece (facebow) with your toothbrush daily.
Keep all the pieces in the headgear case when not in use and away from pets and small children. There could be an additional charge if lost or broken.
Make sure to bring your headgear to each appointment! If at any time your headgear does not fit, please gently remove and call your orthodontist for an appointment as soon as possible.