Orthodontic headgear can help correct severe bite misalignments by changing the position of your child’s jaw. The expert team at My Orthodontist can diagnose your child’s condition and determine the correct type of headgear to address their alignment disorder. To learn more, call one of nine conveniently located clinics in Deptford Township, Lawrenceville, Medford, Bayonne, West New York, and West Orange.
Headgear is a type of orthodontic appliance that your child wears outside their mouth and allows your orthodontist to control the growth of certain facial structures. There are various types of headgear designed to address different issues that are seen in growing patients.
The appliance is typically worn around the back of the neck or head and is attached to the braces with metal hooks. It provides additional force to slow down growth or stop your child’s upper jaw from growing. The headgear moves your child’s teeth, so they grow in properly, and it prevents or corrects issues with their bite.
Orthodontic headgear is primarily used to correct problems with bite alignment. These issues can involve the upper and lower jaw and include:
Also known as “buck teeth,” an overjet is when the upper front teeth protrude outward toward the lip.
An overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth.
An underbite is when the lower front teeth extend beyond the upper front teeth.
A crossbite occurs when the upper and lower teeth don’t align when you bite down.
There are many different types of headgear, and each is designed to address the specific types of alignment disorders.
If your specialist at My Orthodontist suggests headgear for your child, they also plan the two-phase treatment that works together to give your child the best possible results.
Your orthodontist first conducts a comprehensive orthodontic examination and imaging tests and uses advanced computer software to create an exact model of your child’s teeth. This allows them to plan and design the proper headgear for your child to get the most benefit from the treatment.
Headgear is most often used during phase one of the treatment plan. For example, if your child has an underbite, your orthodontist may suggest a reverse-pull facemask in conjunction with their current treatment. These treatments help the upper jaw grow out to catch up with the lower jaw to correct skeletal imbalances that are causing their underbite. Headgear is most effective when it’s used in early adolescence through the later teen years.
The other main type of headgear is a cervical and high-pull headgear that can help correct overjet and overbite by holding the upper jaw in place while allowing the lower jaw to grow out. Depending on the goals of your treatment, your orthodontist can suggest the correct type of headgear.
To learn more about the different types of headgear and whether your child is a candidate for this treatment, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.