If your child has a severely misaligned bite, head gear can help straighten their teeth and jaw and prevent further complications. At Bayside Orthodontics, Inna Gellerman, DDS, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, and the team regularly prescribe head gear to children and teens. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Bayside, New York, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.
Head gear is an orthodontic appliance that corrects malpositioned bites or a misaligned jaw. It has external components that are worn outside the mouth in combination with conventional metal braces.
If your child’s teeth don’t line up as they should, they’re at risk of various health problems, including jaw pain, sleep apnea, and tooth decay. Head gear can help prevent these issues by moving their teeth or jaw into the optimal position.
Yes. Orthodontic head gear features several pieces, including:
The head cap slips over your child’s hair and provides a sturdy base for the other components.
Fitting straps are pieces of elastic or plastic that allow your child to adjust their head gear. The team can explain how to tighten or loosen them during an in-office consultation.
A face bow is a metal appliance that’s shaped like the letter U. It has a series of bands and tubes that attach to your child’s braces and teeth.
If your child has an underbite, the team might recommend head gear with a chin cup. A chin cup has a wireframe that runs from the forehead to the chin. Inside the frame is a horizontal mouth yoke that connects to your child’s braces.
Head gear works in coordination with your child’s braces to correct jaw or tooth misalignments. Together, these appliances place targeted pressure on your child’s teeth and jaw, improving their position and appearance.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics recommends children wear their head gear between 12-14 hours a day. If your child feels self-conscious about wearing the appliance to school or outside the house, have them put it on once they get home. To ensure the best possible results, encourage them to wear the appliance overnight while sleeping.
Head gear is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it does take a bit of getting used to. When your child gets their head gear for the first time, the team explains how to put it on and adjust it. They also provide them with instructions on how to clean and take care of the appliance.
It’s normal to experience some mild pressure or discomfort during the first few days, but this should subside quickly. If your child continues to complain of discomfort, make an appointment at Bayside Orthodontics right away.
To see if your child can benefit from head gear, make an appointment at Bayside Orthodontics by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.