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IsOrthodontic Headgear Really Necessary?


IsOrthodontic Headgear Really Necessary?

Aug 30 • 4 min read

The vast majority of us all know what regular braces look like and many of us are also familiar with alignment trays like Invisalign. However, sometimes we may encounter a more unusual device that is more complicated. These devices are usually worn by children or early teens – younger orthodontic patients – and are composed of thick wires which extend outside of the mouth. So is orthodontic headgear really necessary?

Headgear can be more obtrusive than braces, so why would we want to use them? In this article, we’ll explore some of the reasons why headgear may be necessary to create a better smile that lasts for a lifetime.

a temporary anchorage device will help keep teeth stable until the bone and gums heal.

About Headgear

Essentially, these devices are an orthodontic appliance which serves to align teeth. Essentially, these devices align teeth as orthodontic appliances. Orthodontic appliances extending outside of the mouth are collectively known as “headgear.” While orthodontists may prescribe them to address a wide range of orthodontic issues, each type of headgear shares a common purpose. All headgear devices offer the required additional stability necessary to move particularly stubborn teeth into alignment.All headgear devices provide the necessary extra stability that is essential to move particularly stubborn teeth into alignment.

How Headgear Moves Teeth

Believe it or not, a small amount of force applied over an extended period can move your teeth, even though they may appear firmly anchored in your gums like mountain boulders. This change is primarily possible because of how they connect to periodontal ligaments.This change is primarily possible because of the way they connect to periodontal ligaments.This change primarily occurs due to the way they connect to periodontal ligaments. The periodontal ligament is a flexible structure that is hammock-like in shape and holds the teeth in place. The flexibility that is inherent to the design of the periodontal ligament is what makes moving the teeth with orthodontic appliances possible.

Reasons Orthodontic Headgear May Be Necessary:

Headgear is able to provide an actor point inside the mouth that is stable. So while headgear may be more obtrusive than interior anchor points provided by braces, it is also much more effective in cases where it is necessary.

In the case where you are trying to eliminate a very large gap in the teeth, for example, it might become necessary to create a more solid anchor. In this scenario, traditional braces or alignment trays can move the rear teeth forward while moving the front teeth backward. Moving both the front and rear teeth could create bite or alignment problems down the road, which would be undesirable and problematic.

Sometimes, the more common approach is to move the teeth backward, but in certain situations, it may be necessary to move the teeth forward. In situations like this one, anchoring braces to the rear molars would not be able to help because the anchor would be on the wrong side. This creates the need for headgear to create a forward anchor point in front of the mouth.

Other Types of Headgear

Headgear that incorporates a strap around the head or neck uses the entire head as a series of anchor points. These headgear appliances actually create such a strong anchor that they are able to help with more than just dental problems – they can also help to shape key facial structures. Pre-teen children, whose faces are still developing into their eventual shape, often wear them for this reason. This opportunity to help a child have a healthier and happier smile is one major reason why a parent might want to get headgear for their child. Despite the inconvenience and discomfort it may temporarily cause, the overall lasting effects it can create are worth the short term downsides.

Orthodontists usually prescribe headgear for patients to wear for a specified but limited treatment period, requiring a minimum of 12 hours of daily usage.It is important to actually wear the headgear for the amount of time prescribed by your orthodontist, as failure to wear the headgear for this time could reduce its effectiveness or increase the overall length of time required for the treatment. Carefully following your orthodontist’s instructions ensures that you make the treatment as effective and smooth as possible, and it allows for completion in the shortest overall time frame.

What if you cannot wear headgear?

Orthodontists may prescribe a more intricate setup involving a device referred to as “TADS” if wearing headgear is not feasible for any reason.TADS stands for “Temporary Anchorage Devices,” which are tiny screws that are implanted in the jawbone temporarily in order to provide an internal anchor point other than the teeth.

While it may not look pretty or feel very good to wear, headgear is sometimes the only solution that is capable of shifting teeth into proper alignment. It is also able to create this change rather quickly as compared to other less obtrusive options. At the conclusion of the treatment, your teeth will look better, and you will have a nicer smile, which can result in improved self-confidence, speech, chewing, and comfort. These improvements, which happen during a relatively short period of time, can make a difference for the rest of your lifetime.

Contact your dental care experts to find out more.

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