Face Mask/Protraction Headgear

The face mask is used for young, growing patients that have an underbite- where the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth in a biting position or what is termed a Class III skeletal growth pattern.  It is used in conjunction with an expander or other orthodontic appliance to help encourage the growth of the upper jaw. Elastics are attached from each hook of the appliance to the face mask.

What to Expect

  • The first few days with your new face mask will be an adjustment period.  It may be challenging to sleep but you will get used to it. Your teeth may be sore and achy.  Tylenol or Ibuprofen can provide some relief.
  • Dry skin or a slight irritation can develop where the mask contacts your skin.  You may use cosmetic pads as an additional cushion between the mask and your skin.
  • **PLEASE wear your face mask every night. The more you wear it the better your results. We ask that you wear it for at least 12 hours. If you can’t wear it for 12 hours at night, try to wear it while watching TV so that you can get the full benefit.
  • **PLEASE bring the face mask with you to your appointments.