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Head Gear

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Head gear can adjust the alignment of the jaw by pulling the upper jaw forward. The headgear uses the patient's head as leverage to gently move the alignment of the jaw. In this video, Dr. Hodges describes reverse pull headgear and its common uses.

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This is our lovely model Kyra, and she's going to model for us a reverse- pull headgear. This reverse-pull headgear is an appliance commonly used in younger children to pull the upper jaw forward. She's inserting her rubber bands on her back molar bands, and she places the headgear in position, and pulls the rubber bands out to the headgear. As you can see from the direction of the rubber band pull, this pulls upper jaws forward. This is a wonderful position for a reverse-pull headgear. And now she's going to show us how to take it out. Simply pull the rubber band off of the ledge, remove the headgear, and then remove the rubber band. This headgear is to be worn 14 hours each day, and remember to sleep in it, because that's 8 good hours of time.

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