Headgear is orthodontic equipment that is worn on the head and attached to the appliances being used in the mouth. These appliances are used in growing faces to alter the amount or direction of growth of either the upper or lower jaws.
How does it work?
These appliances modify growth and correct an imbalance of the jaw relationship or the facial proportions and the profile. The benefit is they can produce a permanent change in facial relationships and minimise further treatment – and in some cases they can prevent the need for surgery. They are usually used for 1 or 2 years in an early phase of treatment and the costs vary but are between $1000 and $2500.
Who Should Get Headgear?
They are only used when there is an imbalance and we wish to minimise the full effect of an unfavourable growth pattern. They can be used for narrow palates to widen the upper jaw, to enhance lower or upper jaw growth or restrict jaw growth. They are used before braces in growing children to change jaw alignment. A full consultation with Dr. Lesley will let you if your child would benefit from the use of headgear or functional appliances.
Headgear can prevent the need for surgery in the future