The Benefits of Orthodontic Headgear
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The Benefits of Orthodontic Headgear

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Headgear is any type of orthodontic appliance that may strap around the head in order to exert additional pressure onto the teeth. Not everyone who undergoes orthodontic treatment will end up needing headgear, but it is an important part of certain treatment plans and can have many benefits.

Benefits of Orthodontic Headgear

Below are some ways in which orthodontic headgear can benefit patients:

  • Necessary in Some Cases – Orthodontics only use headgear when it is necessary. This includes situations when a large gap needs to be closed, the front teeth need to be moved forward, or when a severe underbite or overbite is impeding your smile.
  • Exerts Additional Force – In most cases, the back molars provide plenty of support to serve as an anchor to move the teeth. However, in some cases, extra pressure is needed to move the teeth more accurately. Headgear provides a strap that goes behind the neck or head to apply this pressure.
  • Speeds Up Treatment Time – Lastly, one of the major benefits of headgear is that it can speed up treatment in cases that may otherwise be complex and time-consuming to treat.

Most parents may become concerned about teasing and abuse if their child needs headgear as part of the treatment plan. Rest at ease; often, orthodontic headgear needs only to be worn for 8+ hours a day. In most cases, you and your orthodontist can work together to create a schedule that will allow your child to wear their headgear at home. Keep in mind that you must strictly adhere to the plan you and your orthodontist create to ensure optimal results.

While orthodontic headgear isn’t necessary for all cases of treatment, both adults and children can benefit from it in certain situations. With the help of headgear, your treatment will be over relatively quickly!

If you believe that your child may need orthodontic treatment, please schedule an appointment here at Little Smiles of Delaware. We can perform an evaluation and let you know if your child will need orthodontics as a part of his or her dental health. To make an appointment, contact Little Smiles of Delaware here in Delaware, Ohio.

Posted on Feb 10, 2020
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