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If your child’s upper and lower jaw are more uneven than normal, your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, might recommend wearing headgear with their braces for a time. What does that mean? You’re about to find out.

Headgear is the word for a removable appliance that applies specific forces to guide the growth of the face and jaw. It is usually only given to children or young adults whose jawbones are still growing. If it isn’t possible to move your child’s jaw to the right position with brackets, headgear can apply the extra force that is needed.

Headgear is given its name because it is worn outside of the mouth and often around the head. You, your child and others will likely find that this looks kind of strange. We would like you to know that while we sympathize, the end result is completely worth it. Headgear can beautify the shape of your child’s jaw and face and also prevent serious future dental issues like TMJ disorder, bruxism, and dental attrition.

Your child will want to take off their headgear while eating, sleeping, playing sports, or while partaking in any adventurous activity to avoid damaging the appliance or the mouth or head. While wearing headgear, routine visits to the dentist and proper brushing and flossing are all the more important.

If you have any questions about headgear, you can phone our friendly staff at Liang Orthodontics in Potomac, Maryland, at 301-637-2189 today!