You’ve noticed people with external headgear from time to time, but never gave it much thought. It involves wearing a strap around your head that is attached to wires in your mouth. You never expected that you might need one during your orthodontic treatment. You are not alone. While braces typically involve brackets and wires inside the mouth, there are some more involved cases that require the addition of headgear.
Why is External Headgear Necessary?
If our orthodontist has recommended this appliance, it is because you need more anchorage than what is provided by braces alone in order to ensure that your teeth shift more effectively. When you get braces, the brackets and wires go to work to gently shift your teeth through the periodontal ligament that keeps your teeth in position in your jaw. If your teeth are going to be shifted effectively, your braces need to be attached to a firm anchor. In most cases, your back teeth will do the trick. However, this is not going to work in more extreme cases.
If you have a large gap between your front teeth, external headgear can help you to shift those teeth to the proper position without moving teeth in the back and creating problems with your alignment. If you need to have your front teeth shifted forward, this appliance may be the only way to accomplish that goal.
What to Expect
If you have to wear external headgear, expect to wear it for 12 hours a day. You may have a strap that is worn behind your head or neck. Keep in mind that you won’t have to wear the appliance forever. The timing is short compared to your entire course of orthodontic treatment. External headgear makes it possible to move your teeth more effectively and quickly so that you can move on to the next phase of treatment.
Remember to keep your eyes on the prize. Your smile is your calling card to the world. Make sure you can give it your best with properly aligned teeth. You’ll have a boost in confidence after wearing external headgear.
Learn More About External Headgear
You are sure to have plenty of questions about external headgear. Your best source of information is the team at Pack Orthodontics. Sit down and talk with our team in Murfreesboro or Shelbyville about your treatment plan. You need to understand every step of the process along the way. Remember that you need to be consistent while wearing your headgear so that your results will pay off. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.