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Chances are, you’ve known someone who wore or currently wears headgear. Chances are, it doesn’t conjure the most positive feelings. Its portrayal in the media doesn’t exactly help. If you’ve seen the movie Finding Nemo, you’ll remember a freckle faced child named Darla who visits the orthodontist office. She wears headgear. She’s also not very nice to all the lovely aquatic animals in the fish tank. It’s pretty awkward.

Headgear is not held in the highest repute. But it’s actually a brilliant invention. Skeptical? Hold your horses.

Before we get into the details, here’s a brief description of what headgear actually is. It’s an orthodontic appliance with thick wires that extend outside the mouth. Exact designs may vary.

“And why is it so brilliant?” you ask. I ask you in return: ever taken a physics class? Then you may recall Newtons laws of motion. They state that to every action there is always an equal reaction. If you push against a wall, the wall is actually pushing at you with equal power. Braces take advantage of these natural laws to gradually straighten your teeth and align your bite. But sometimes braces don’t provide quite enough force to get the job done. This is when headgear is called on to save the day. It provides extra support to your back teeth, putting pressure on your front teeth and pulling them into alignment.

Convinced? Give Dieguez Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama a call at 205-980-4744 to discuss headgear options with Dr. Bertha Dieguez. We’re here to make you smile.