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Have you seen the movie Finding Nemo? Perhaps you remember a rather awkward child named Darla. She wears headgear. She’s also rather mean to the fish. It’s awkward. Perhaps you have known someone in real life who donned the headgear. Maybe Dr. Frank Celenza has recommended it for you or your child.

In the world of fashion and social status, headgear is not held in the highest repute. But it’s actually a fantastic invention. Why, you ask?

Before we get to that, here’s a brief definition of headgear: an orthodontic appliance with thick wires that extend outside the mouth. Designs vary based upon the patient’s need.

Here is what is so cool about headgear: it uses the natural laws of physics to travel beyond the capacity of braces to straighten your teeth. Newton’s laws of motion state that to every action there is always an equal reaction. If you lean 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 slowly pushing and pulling each other into alignment. But sometimes the power of braces doesn’t provide quite enough support needed. So Dr. Frank Celenza calls upon headgear to help. And like a hero, headgear gets the job done.

Do you or your child need headgear? Call Celenza, Frank DDS, PC in New York, New York at 212-327-2623 to schedule an appointment.