The headgear is an orthodontic appliance that is attached to a palatal expanders or metal braces. The headgear helps in correcting severe bite problems especially anteroposterior discrepancies. Metal hooks or face bows are used to attach the head gear to the braces. A head cap or straps positions the head gear to the back or the head or the neck. Pressure is applied to the bow and hooks with the help of elastic bands. This placement stops the growth of the upper jaw and prevents overjet. Besides bite correction, the head gear also helps in creating space for teeth to form. In case of molars, the head gear bands and tubes draw the molars back into the mouth. The head gear is ideally worn for about 12 to 20 hours in a day.
There are several types of head gears such as face bow or J-hooks, head cap and attachment. There is also the face mask and reverse-pull gear that is used especially to correct under bites falling under the Class III orthodontic problems. For effective correction of the underbite, the reverse-pull gear has to be worn at least 14 to 15 hours per day.
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After appropriate patient assessment, head gears are recommended for addressing the problems of underbites in children. The apparatus is adjusted and strategically placed to exert a particular amount of and at certain angles to achieve optimum results. The head gear is customized according to patient disposition to pull teeth backward, upward and forward.
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