Braces Headgear is basically a tool which endeavors to correct overbites by holding back your upper jaw. It should be worn for 12 to 14 hours approximately, so that it can effectively correct overbites. Duration of wearing this tool depends upon the severity of overbites and how much a patient is developing. It is quite convenient to wear it during sleeping hours. Wearing it on weekends and holidays could be helpful as well. In a nut shell, the more this tool is worn per day, the faster will be the improvement.
Need of Headgears:
It is a sort of appliance which is attached to the braces and aids in improving the severe biting problems. It is widely used to correct, Anteroposterior Discrepencies. This tool is attached to the braces with the help of metal hooks or a face bow. Straps are provided to fix the tool at the back of head or neck.
A head cap is also used in some situations. These bands are quite flexible to apply pressure to the hooks or a bow. Its main purpose is to hold the upper jaw tightly, in order to prevent it from growing. Thus it is used for correcting an over-jet.
It is also used to create space for a teeth to come in. For this purpose; this tool has to be attached to the molars with the help of molar bands or molar tubes. This process will help to draw molars backward in the mouth, creating enough space. In this way front teeth can be moved back and look pleasant than before.
Accessories along with headgear:
Many accessories and appliances are used in the treatment. The treatment includes:
Headgear helmet ( this helmet serves as a cap which covers the entire head)
Plates or retainers
Hybrid twin blocks
These were some essential appliances used during a treatment and patients wear combination of, or all these tools to get fast and flawless results.
Forms of Headgear:
This versatile treatment consists of three main components which include:
Face bow Or J-Hooks:
This appliance is fixed with a metal arch on headgear tubes and is attached to the lower and upper molars. It extends out of the mouth and around the face. J-hooks are different as they are directly attached to braces with the help of hooks.
This is another important component of this treatment. It comes with elastic bands or straps which covers the head. These straps are connected to face-bow with the help of springs. Additional straps are also available to provide utmost comfort and safety to the patients.
It is the third and the final component. It mainly consists of elastic rubber bands, springs or straps to connect head cap with a face-bow or J-hooks. It provides maximum force to push the teeth backwards.