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Headgear Instructions

Headgear Instructions


Headgear Is So Helpful! 


Headgear is a very important part of treatment for patients like you. Good headgear wear (12-14 hours per day) reduces treatment time!


Your Cooperation Is The Key To Success! 

Forgetting to wear your headgear or not getting enough hours wearing your headgear could result in longer treatment time, changing your treatment plan and may even affect the final results. 

A Clever Invention

Headgear is actually really an amazing invention, it uses the shape of your head to gently add specific forces which guide the growth of your jaw and speeds the time of your treatment 

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Instructions For Wear 

Practice placing your headgear in front of a mirror. Soon, with practice, you will be able to place and remove it without a mirror. 

Week 1

Start with wearing 2-3 hours prior to bedtime, to get used to placing and wearing it.

After That 

Wear it while sleeping (8-10 hours), working up to 12-14 hours a day. 


What To Expect:


Soreness to the teeth once worn is up to 8-10 hours, probably lasting 2-3 days, but consistency is the key to success and comfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen, can help with soreness. 

Difficulty sleeping at first. Try placing 2 pillows around your face/headgear to be more comfortable. We suggest starting on a Friday or Saturday night. Discomfort will pass with consistent wear, within the first week. 


Headgear Care: 


Brush the metal piece (facebow) with your toothbrush daily. 


Keep all the pieces in the headgear case when not in use and away from pets and small children. There could be an additional charge if lost or broken. 

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Make sure to bring your headgear to each appointment! If at any time your headgear does not fit, please gently remove and call the office for an appointment as soon as possible. 


Contact Us

For orthodontic care and efficient results, call Stormberg Orthodontics in San Diego. Our experienced orthodontist and staff will be more than happy to accommodate you and discuss all of our orthodontic treatment options. To schedule your orthodontic appointment, call our San Diego office directly or fill out our appointment request form. We look forward to working with you and creating a beautiful, straight smile for life!

Stormberg Orthodontics

  • Stormberg Orthodontics - 4333 Palm Ave., Suite C, La Mesa, CA 91941 Phone: 619-462-4462 Fax: 619-462-8267

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