DAILY HEADGEAR USE
To successfully move teeth, a headgear appliance should be worn for 12 hours per day. The good news, however, is that it does not need to be worn for 12 hours in a row. A patient can wear headgear 8 hours while asleep, and finish the remaining 4 hours throughout the day. Headgear can be worn while doing errands in the house, reading, watching television or any variety of activities that do not require moving the face too much. However, sudden movements may affect the headgear so it is important not to run or participate in strenuous sports while wearing such an appliance.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO WEAR HEADGEAR? MONTHS? YEARS?
Depending on the patient’s treatment plan, a patient may need to wear headgear for as little as one year or for a few years. The length of time in headgear also depends if the patient is compliant – and wears the headgear for the full 12 hours every day. In general, the longer a patient wears headgear throughout the day, the fewer months it needs to be worn.