What Is Headgear?
This orthodontic solution uses special appliances that operate in and outside
the mouth to guide the teeth to a desired position. There are multiple
types of headgear, and each is designed to work in specific scenarios
based on the patient’s needs. The two corrective types of headgear are:
Cervical-Pull and High-Pull
The cervical-pull design is what most people think of when they hear the
term “headgear.” This U-shaped appliance is used to correct
an overbite by attaching a wire to bands on the back teeth, holding the
upper jaw in place while the lower jaw can move outward. To keep the design
in place, a single strap is worn behind the neck. The high-pull design
is similar, but it uses straps that go behind the head and wrap around
the back of the neck.
Reverse-Pull or “Facemask”
This design accomplishes the reverse operation of a cervical and high pull
since it corrects an underbite. This appliance pulls the upper jaw forward
until it matches the position of the lower jaw. The design consists of
two pads on the forehead and chin that connect to a vertical frame that
uses wires or elastic pieces that attach directly to the braces.
Schedule Your Appointment
There is no right or wrong type of headgear, only what your mouth needs
to achieve a beautiful, perfect smile. For the best results, it’s
important to consult with your orthodontist concerning which type of headgear
is necessary, how long you will need to wear the appliance, and more.
If you are experiencing an under or overbite, or desire other corrections
regarding your smile, contact us to schedule a consultation!
At Speaks Orthodontics, we are thrilled to offer treatment options that are as unique as your smile!