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Do you know the movie Finding Nemo? You probably remember a young red haired character named Darla who visits her orthodontist. She wears headgear. She’s also rather mean to the fish in the orthodontist’s office. It’s pretty awkward. Chances are, you’ve known someone in real life who wore or currently wears headgear. Chances are that it doesn’t bring up the most positive emotions.

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

First, a brief definition: headgear is an orthodontic appliance with thick wires that extend outside the mouth. Exact designs may vary.

“And how is it so wonderful?” you ask. Well, if you’ve taken a physics class, you may recall that to every action there is always an equal reaction. If you push against a wall, the wall is actually pushing back the same amount of force. When a patient wears braces, his or her front and back teeth are gradually pushing and pulling each other into alignment. But sometimes the power of braces doesn’t provide quite enough “oomph”, so Maynard Davenport will recommend headgear. And like a boss, headgear gets the job done.

Looking for extra power in strengthening your child’s or your own teeth? Give Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics in Lakeside, Arizona a call at 928-367-2939 to discuss your options. We’re here to make you smile.