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An orthodontic device called a headgear is used to encourage healthy jaw development and bite correction. There are several kinds. Typically, youngsters whose jaw bones are still developing are advised to wear headgear. In contrast to braces, headgear is partially worn outside the mouth. If your child's bite is seriously out of line, an orthodontist could suggest headgear for them. A malocclusion is a misaligned bite. In other words, the upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly. Three categories of malocclusion exist. Misalignments in Classes II and III are corrected using headgear. These are the harsher varieties. Teeth crowding may also be treated using headgear.

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How to use Head gear?

The length of time that headgear must be worn is one of the most crucial factors in its effective utilisation. This may last for as long as 14 hours a day or more. It seems sense that kids would object to wearing a hat outside or to school. Many orthodontists advise putting on headgear as soon as class is done and continuing to wear it through the night until the following day. The faster the headgear works, the more often your youngster wears it. Unfortunately, if headgear is not worn for for one day, part of the improvement accomplished might be undone.

Why Headgear?

Tooth overcrowding and jaw misalignment are treated with headgear. In turn, by fixing the profile, this can improve face attractiveness. Of course, it can also make your child's grin look better. Headgear functions by applying pressure to either the upper or lower jaw. Additionally, it might open up spaces between teeth to get rid of crowding or overlapping teeth. Only when a youngster is still developing is headgear useful. When worn for an extended period of time, a helmet can stop the jawbone's development and push it into the right position. Wearing a helmet can prevent your youngster from needing jaw surgery as an adult.

Is it safe to wear headgear?

When worn properly, headgear is usually safe. Never force headwear on or off since doing so might harm the accessory or cut your face or gums. Your child must adhere to the recommendations of their orthodontist on how to put on and take off headgear. This will aid children in avoiding being struck in the face or eyes by rubber bands or wires that break. Call your orthodontist if your child complains of discomfort that looks severe or that doesn't go away. Additionally, if your child detects a change in the way their headgear fits, let their orthodontist know. Never try to make your own helmet adjustments.

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What you can and cant do while wearing headgear

While eating, headgear should be taken off. When wearing headwear, drinking with a straw is typically acceptable. Headgear can be worn while your child brushes their teeth, but you can take it off to make the process simpler. If your child has braces linked to their headgear, you should discourage them from chewing gum, eating hard sweets, and consuming meals that are difficult to chew. You should teach your youngster how to protect their headwear from harm. While kids are wearing headgear, restrictions include refraining from contact sports or roughhousing will safeguard both them and the gadget. Additionally, your youngster should refrain from engaging in sports or headgear-enhanced activities like skating or skateboarding. Any sport that might result in a fall or an impact to the face should be substituted with another activity, like swimming. It's crucial to look for things that your kid will like doing while sporting headgear. Consider vigorous activities you can perform at home with your family, such family aerobics or dance.

What to expect when wearing headgear

Between one and two years may be required for headgear. It's normal for your youngster to experience some pain when wearing a helmet for the first time. Additionally, when the pressure is increased or changed by the orthodontist, you may anticipate your kid to experience some discomfort. Typically, this negative effect is transient. Consult your kid's physician or orthodontist about available over-the-counter pain relievers if your child is in discomfort. Soft meals can prevent your child from experiencing additional discomfort as a result of chewing. Ice pops and other cold meals may be comforting to their gums. Some children could be required to wear headgear to school or after-school activities since it should be worn for around 12 hours each day. Some children could find this difficult since they might feel self-conscious about how they look when wearing headwear. Remember that this short-term issue is preferable to eventually having surgery to address it. It's crucial that your youngster doesn't remove their headwear unannounced. Even little breaks in their use of the gadget might impede their progress and extend the total length of time they must wear headgear.

How to clean headgear?

With warm water and mild soap, wash the hard sections of headwear every day. Make careful to completely rinse. Every few days, soft cushions and straps should be cleaned in warm water with a gentle detergent. Be sure to completely dry before wearing. The teeth and braces in the mouth may both be brushed. Additionally, a youngster who is wearing a hat can floss.

Frequently Asked Questions about Headgear

Important things to note

Ages below 14 years

Ages below 14 years

Multiple visits may be required

Multiple visits may be required

Not covered by any insurance in India

Not covered by any insurance in India

Lab tests or imaging may be required

Lab tests or imaging may be required

No special precautions before the treatment

No special precautions before the treatment

Special precautions after the treatment

Special precautions after the treatment

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