Effect of low pull headgear on head position

Kumar, Santosh and Pentapati, Kalyana Chakravarthy (2013) Effect of low pull headgear on head position. The Saudi Dental Journal, 25 (1). pp. 23-27. ISSN 1013-9052

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Objective: To evaluate changes in head position following the use of low pull headgear (LHG) and compare these changes with an untreated control group. Subjects and methods: The test group comprised pre-treatment and post-treatment lateral cephalograms of 30 males, aged 11 ± 1.5 years, who were receiving LHG therapy for correction of Class II malocclusion. Pre-observation and post-observation lateral cephalograms of 25 untreated male subjects, aged 11± 1.6 years, served as controls. The average treatment time for the treatment group was 12 ± 2.02 months and the average observation period for the control group was 11 ±1.03 months. Four postural variables (NSL/CVT, NSL/OPT, CVT/HOR, OPT/HOR) were measured to evaluate the head position in all subjects pre- and post-observations. Results: There was no significant difference in all the measurements concerning the head position within each group (p>0.05). The mean differences of pre- and post-observations of 4 postural variables in the LHG group were 1.43, 0.9, �1.13, and �1.08, while those of the control group were 1.56, �0.32, �0.24, and 0.04, respectively. There was no significant difference between the headgear and control groups for any of the postural variables measured (p= 0.924, 0.338, 0.448, and 0.398, respectively). Conclusions: Although postural variables showed considerable variability in both groups, head position exhibited no significant changes over a period of 11–12 months either in the control or headgear group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Craniofacial morphology; Growth; Headgear; Head position; Malocclusion.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Orthodontics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 05:03
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 05:03
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137947

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