This appliance will play an extremely important role in your treatment. It applies the necessary force to the teeth and in this way helps us achieve the result we all desire. In order to be effective, it must worn as directed.


 Here are a few pointers:


  • Make sure you know how to put on and remove your headgear. A mirror may be necessary at first, but soon, with practice little effort will be required.
  • Certain teeth may become occasionally sore. This is a sure sign of movement, so do not let this discourage you. Continue wearing your headgear, and the soreness will lessen, as the teeth become used to the pressure.
  • Ten minute "rest periods" can be helpful when you are first getting used to your headgear. The initial iscomfort will diminish as you become accustomed to wearing it.
  • The headgear should be worn a minimum of 12 to 14 hours as directed. It should be worn each night while asleep, plus enough daytime hours in order to reach the required amount. The headgear should not be worn during outside activities, or active sports. Remember, wear the headgear just during quietet time and sleeping hours.
  • Circumstances might prevent you from reaching your required daily total, but try your best. Make up "short days" by wearing it longer on "good days". Remember that omitting even one day can cancel the progress from three "good days".
  • If you wear the headgear more than the minimum amount, treatment will progress much faster and the braces can come off sooner!


The nature of the final result and the total treatment time required are closely dependent on the patient's cooperation with the headgear. If any problems are encountered, that prevent headgear wear, please notify us as soon as possible.

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Astoria Family Orthodontics

23-12 31st Street

Astoria, NY 11105

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Office Hours

Monday 1:00 pm-6:30 pm

Tuesday 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Wednesday 1:00 pm-6:30 pm

Thursday 8:30 am-4:00 pm


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8:30 am-1:30 pm 


Closed Mon./Wed. 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Closed Tues./Thurs. 1:00 pm-2:00 pm


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