Headgears have got their share of bad press over the years…

Truth is, a headgear has significant advantages over functional appliances in many instances.

Firstly – it is only worn while sleeping – so it’s never in the mouth at school or for sport.

Second – it is hygienic, especially when compared with any of the removable functional appliances e.g. Bionators or “Twin Blocks”

Thirdly – Doesn’t ever cause a “ dual bite”.

Fourthly – unlike a functional appliance, does not increase lower arch crowding

The force on the upper jaw is not unlike the force on the upper jaw in a functional appliance … this video depicts typical changes that can be achieved with a headgear – note how the lower jaw projects more even though the headgear only attaches to the upper teeth!