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Old 03-03-2005, 10:00 AM   #1
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My orthodontist told me today that she thinks its best if I wear a headgear at night! This is nuts I thought they didnt use those things anymore, has anyone ever had it, what is it like?

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Old 03-04-2005, 09:16 AM   #2
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Re: Headgear

I had headgear as a teenager. I had too many teeth in my mouth, so I had to have four teeth pulled (2 on top, 2 on bottom) before I could get braces on. Then once the braces went on and in addition to the rubber bands, my orhto wanted me to wear the headgear.

So I did. Religiously. When I was at home, I had the head gear on.

It really isn't that bad. Sure there is pain involved (mild)... not any different than going in for brace adjustments. Sleeping was a problem at first because I'm not a back sleeper. But I got used to it and it was fine.

I didn't think that they used them still either! LOL

Anyway, if he wants you to wear it, you should. I was "supposed" to be in braces for 3 years but since I wore my headgear, I had them off at a year and a 1/2.

Good luck and just think of how beautiful your teeth will look when you are done!


Old 03-04-2005, 09:35 AM   #3
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Re: Headgear

Yep - Wore it for 16 months! And the worst part was the begining. I had to wear it at night and three hours during the day at school. After 6 months it was just at night. It hurts alot the first week or two, but it gets better.

Old 03-04-2005, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: Headgear

Thanks for the comments

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