Headgear Used to Fix Overjet

Headgear Used to Fix Overjet

A lot of people are not going to be happy that they have to wear braces, so to find out that there will be headgear involved as well will not be an easy pill to swallow. If the orthodontist suggests headgear, it is vital that it is worn as they are put in place for a purpose. There are two reasons why you may have one fitted:

  • If the back teeth are not far back enough the headgear and brace will help to move them back into position.
  • When the front teeth are the ones that are being straightened, the headgear will prevent the back ones from moving forward and then needing to be dealt with.

What to Expect

The good news is that it is not likely that it will have to be worn for 24 hours a day. For most people it will range from 8 to 16. When the headgear is first put in place it is likely that it will be quite painful, but after 3 -5 days, it should not be a problem any more. There is also the risk that it will feel unstable, but as long as you are careful, there will not be a problem with this. If you do feel that the pain is quite strong, there is no problem with taking over the counter painkillers for a few days.

A further concern can be the straps and the fact that they can rub. When this happens, you should not just ignore it and take painkillers, but go back to the orthodontist so that they can make adjustments and refit it in a way that is much more comfortable. The headgear should be removed when you brush your teeth, and cleaning during this time should be thorough. Fluoride toothpaste should be used, and the teeth cleaned twice a day. When brushing, ensure that it lasts for at least three minutes a time.

Things to Remember:

  • Still visit your own dentist for check-ups as well as visiting the orthodontist.
  • Remove the headgear whenever you are eating.
  • The more often you wear it, the better the results will be.
  • When removing the headgear, you should always take away the straps prior to taking off the facebow.
  • Always take it apart and do not just try to pull it away still in one piece.
  • Rough sports are best avoided, but when you insist on playing, don’t do it with the headgear in place.
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Amazing experience! I’ve had my braces for 6 month now and I’m impressed of how much my teeth have changed. No pain at all. Dr. Ivanov is such a sweet person and very professional, he knows what he’s doing and always cares for patients personal concerns. Highly recommended!

Tula Garcia

Dr. Ivanov was amazing. When I first got my braces I was scared it was going to last 4yrs for my teeth to look better but it only lasted 2yrs and the results are beyond amazing. I’m really happy with everything and would absolutely recommend him to anyone. Thank you so much.

Kimberly Martinez

Very good experience. The attention was great. The doctor is very punctual and they don’t make you wait, which for my busy schedule is super important. Also, the time the doctor told me I had to wear the braces was the exact time I needed and I was very happy with the results. Definitely recommend him.

Laura Jimenez

Dr. Ivanov was amazing. He was very understanding and took the time to explain, every step of the process for my daughters braces. I am proud to say with great care her braces were finally removed and the end result is the beautiful smile she now has. Thank you

Christina Jenkins

Ivan and his staff made my experience a smooth and convenient process. I am absolutely delighted and satisfied with the progress and how far my teeth has come. Ivan and his staff works effortlessly to ensure that my teeth are perfected beyond my expectations. If I had any other choice I would still choose Ivanov Orthodontic experts.

Joshua Xavier

My family and I are so happy with the results of Dr. Ivanov!!! So knowledgeable, kind and always available to answer questions. I am so happy we found him and his staff. I am looking forward to addressing my dental needs now that the family is on track!!! How many can say that about their dental experts. Way to go Dr. Ivanov!!!

James C. Murphy

He is awesome. You will start seeing changes quick in your smile. He shows passion in his work, he cares about you and your smiles. The office is very nice and great customer service. You will be in good hands if you choose to go with him.

Ketty Platon

When starting the procedure, you need to be aware that there are going to be regular appointments with the orthodontist required. You are going to have to visit them roughly every 6 to 8 weeks. You will have to take the headgear with you so that they can carry out any alterations or updates that have to be carried out. When you are there it is the opportunity to let them know if you have any concerns, or if the pain is lasting longer than anticipated and they can check to see why this is.


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