Which way do I wear my headgear?

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Dayymo
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Which way do I wear my headgear?

#1 Post by Dayymo »

I know how to put it in and on just which way is the right side up because weh I look at some pictures or videos they say have the brake ( the small wire and then the dips) pointing up problem is when I do that the headgear is pointing downard and does not seem right to me when I have the brakes pointing down ( like a U instead of it pointing up like ^ ) it is straight and seems to fit much better. I am sorry if this sounds like a dumb question I am very new to headgear and want to wear it correctly!

jem
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Re: Which way do I wear my headgear?

#2 Post by jem »

I would guess it should be an upside down U but suggest you call your ortho. I'm sure this is a question they will get all the time from new patients.

Good luck with your treatment.

Jem
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Brackets added to premolars 2 April 2012
Estimated treatment time originally 6-9 months
. Brace removed on 22 July 2013 after 18 months and 19 days
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Nozzelnut
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Re: Which way do I wear my headgear?

#3 Post by Nozzelnut »

Just because it fits better as a U doesn't mean it goes that way. It's trying to move a lot of teeth and there might be a bit of pressure involved. Definitely call your ortho to confirm which way it's supposed to go. Way back when, mine was n not u.
Round 3 (lifetime) Damon stainless applied 3/16/20 (after 4 weeks attempting invisalign)
Upper ceramics 5/21/14, Lower stainless 5/28/14
Double jaw surgery was 6/18/15. Estimated time Jan 2016; still on at my 2 year anniversary...
Braces removed 7/20/18; upper and lower Hawley and Essix retainers with bonded lower too.
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