Headgear Essentials

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If your child is having braces installed on their teeth at Montoya Orthodontics in Keller, Texas, there is a possibility that your orthodontist, Dr. Robert Montoya, may counsel them to wear headgear for a portion of the time.

Headgear is the term for an external orthodontic appliance which uses added force beyond braces to steer the growth of the face and jaw. It is usually only given to preteens and teens whose jawbones are not yet fully developed. For the more minor misalignments, braces adjustments, elastics and other treatments are often enough to correct the bite. In moderate to severe cases, headgear will likely be needed.

This appliance is called “headgear” because it includes wires which engage both the inside of the mouth and around the head. You, your child and others may discover that this looks rather peculiar. However, when you weigh the beneficial effects over a lifetime, the strange appearance is absolutely worth it. Headgear can normalize the shape of your child’s jaw and face as well as thwart serious future dental issues such as TMJ disorder, bruxism and dental attrition.

Your child should remove their headgear while eating, sleeping, playing sports, or when involved in any adventurous activity to steer clear of damage to the appliance and injury to the mouth or head. Routine visits to the dentist and proper brushing and flossing are absolutely essential.

If you have any queries about headgear, you can talk to our friendly staff at Montoya Orthodontics in Keller, Texas, by calling 817-427-2237 today!