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How common is orthodontic reverse pull headgear in adults?

Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Orthodontic reverse pull headgear is used very rarely, if at all, in adults. This type of appliance is mainly focused on accelerating the forward growth of the upper jaw. This will help correct a jaw discrepancy where the lower jaw has grown out farther than the upper jaw, creating an "underbite".

Since adults are no longer growing, the appliance will have very little, if any, effect on correcting a jaw discrepancy.

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