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FallFromBrace

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« on: 29. November 2004, 05:24:13 AM »
Have you ever seen someone with headgear in real life?

I have... once!:

Back when I was going to high school (probably around grade 10) I used to have to catch the train to school. Occassionally these primary school kids would catch the same train, and for a while there, there was this girl who had headgear. It must have been her last year of primary because after that year, I never saw her again. I always wondered which high school she went to.

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« Reply #1 on: 29. November 2004, 08:49:48 AM »
I´ve seen headgear a few times. All of them were tourists in Prague. Almost every person were children from ten to fourteen. But two of them were older. One about sixteen and the other about eighteen. One of my friend had headgear. I see it on the shelf but she didn´t want to put it on. She was 24 and she had large overbite.

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« Reply #2 on: 29. November 2004, 12:35:33 PM »
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Have you ever seen someone with headgear in real life?


Once I just had to look in the mirror... As I live in the Netherlands headgear are a common sight. Saw a gril with headgear yesterday. I regulary see them when I bike to my work (school childeren going to school) or when I go shopping.

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« Reply #3 on: 29. January 2005, 20:23:13 PM »
My wife wore braces and hg for a while before we got married

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« Reply #4 on: 30. January 2005, 09:42:22 AM »
This has happened even a bit more often in the past. I remember back to the 80th people wearing headgear in public even as adults.
A friend of mine had to wear it as well. So we went to Munich for the first outing, it was easier in a town where nobody knew her. Lateron she got used to headgear in public and was amused about silly people staring at her so obviously.

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« Reply #5 on: 30. January 2005, 18:11:26 PM »
The first student in my class that got any kind of orthodontic treatment was a girl in 3rd grade that got a headgear. Too bad she wore it mostly after school and we didn't see each other apart from school.

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« Reply #6 on: 31. January 2005, 00:51:12 AM »
Me I remember that the brother of my friend ever had it when I went to my friend home.

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« Reply #7 on: 03. February 2005, 19:37:29 PM »
Yes, I've seen it in the mirror, actually. Rarely wore it in public though, although it happened, which was not such a big case as HG was common where I went to primary and junior high (late 80s, early 90s) - during that period I believe I saw at least 20 other kids wearing HG at school, most of them much more frequent than me (I only wore it to catch up on hours prior to appointments at the orthodontist's and would never have worn it in public hadn't it been such a common sight).

Interesting fact, though, there were two orthodontists back where I am from, and you could see who were patients where as one (mine) used metal brackets on the lower jaw and clear on the upper, while the other one used clear ones on both. I never saw anyone else having my orthodontist wearing HG in public (except, of course, at the orthodontist's office). Don't know if he was old-fashioned, or what. It is true, though, that after I moved town I've never seen any kids with HG.

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« Reply #8 on: 05. March 2005, 01:13:27 AM »
Knew one girl that had to wear it at night but would never wear it around the house when anyone was over or in publlic.

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« Reply #9 on: 05. March 2005, 02:56:43 AM »
Headgear was normal 10-15 years ago.
Nowadays I hope to see highpull headgear, because there's mostly an activator included.

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« Reply #10 on: 07. April 2005, 19:44:51 PM »
I have seen it many times.  A close friend of mine had HG when we were in grade school.  I recall finding it on the coffee table at his house one afternoon, slipping the facebow into my mouth and wondering what it would feel like to have it tightly attached to braces.

In Jr. High there was a beautiful, blonde girl who wore a blue denim neck strap with white force modules everyday.  I found her so fascinating because at the time braces, and especially headgear, were still considdered somewhat "geeky" and she was far from being a nerd.

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« Reply #11 on: 14. October 2005, 11:19:43 AM »
In Vienna a woman around thirty passed me by on a bridge wearing headgear. I noticed her already 200 meters ahead of me so I got lots of time to look at her. Wenn she passed me I had to turn around and see the neckstraps. I was fascinated and impressed of her self-consciousness. That was about ten years ago but I still remember very clearly ...

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« Reply #12 on: 28. January 2006, 21:16:34 PM »
saw some girls with them @ school and highschool

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« Reply #13 on: 05. March 2006, 15:38:40 PM »
i see everyday a girl with headgear.
it´s the daughter from my girlfriend

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« Reply #14 on: 11. March 2006, 19:52:29 PM »
My best friend when we were 12/13 years old wore one in the evenngs and at night. When I was in Junior High school, there were a couple of guys and two girls who wore their cervical headgear to school every day. One girl wore hers for almost two years. I knew two guys who wore cervical headgear to high school. One of them wore his every day for almost a year.

In the 80's I used to see kids with headgear - mostly cervical but a few with high pull - at shopping malls and at fairs and carnivals.

When I was at University, a local orthodontist apparently required full time headgear wear. I saw several kids around town wearing cervical headgear. One boy who walked across the university campus to go home from his school wore a cervical headgear every day for two years. I would meet him as I returned to my apartment from my last class of the day.

I'm not sure I could count all the times I have seen headgear. It has, however, been very rare to see headgear recently. The last time I actually saw a kid wearing one was coming out of the orthodontist's office that is near my dentist's office.

I have only seen one or two adults wearing headgear. The last one I remember was a 20-something woman at Walt Disney World a few years ago. I was completely startled that an adult would wear headgear at a place like that.

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« Reply #15 on: 11. March 2006, 20:18:02 PM »
shure, occasionally there are some kids wearing headgear in the streets,
but adults with headgear are really rare in germany,
I cannot renember having seen adults with headgear here.

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« Reply #16 on: 14. March 2006, 17:24:32 PM »
Saw a little kid with a facebow in Kmart recently.

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« Reply #17 on: 12. May 2006, 01:25:04 AM »
Here in the Netherlands there are a lot of headgears,

My little sister had a headgear a half year ago, she wears it only at night, for about a half year.

And at my school there is a girl who wore almost every day a headgear to school

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« Reply #18 on: 27. May 2006, 18:37:35 PM »
I only remember two occasions when I have seen somebody wearing a headgear in public. The first time was in primary school when a class mate wore a headgear for a couple of days (before she decided not to wear it any more at school).
The second time was - strange enough - a woman at the Starlight Express musical theatre in Bochum who sat in front of me in the audience. She was accompanied by her husband and child, and I really admired her courage to wear a headgear in such a place.

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« Reply #19 on: 08. June 2006, 20:34:48 PM »
i was at summer camp one year.
there was a guy with a high pull headgear, i remember staring blatantly and not thinking about it. i really pitied him for having to wear it but i admired him as well. mixed feelings i suppose, lol

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« Reply #20 on: 14. June 2006, 02:14:47 AM »
When I was a kid, one of my friends had headgear, but she usually just wore it at home and took it off to go outside. Nowadays I never, ever see anyone with it - oh except Dakota Fanning the actress was on tv showing off her headgear a few months ago.

I have headgear, but just wear it at home!!

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« Reply #21 on: 20. June 2006, 17:45:20 PM »
I see people with headgear quite often, but it´s quite normal in Holland.

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« Reply #22 on: 21. June 2006, 09:27:27 AM »
Hi,

Very very few headgear in France. (I saw one evry 2 year)

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« Reply #23 on: 12. June 2010, 10:21:10 AM »
only once, a young kid going to a clinic.
A friend told me that she had a "device attached to her neck" and told me her experience... and I had to disimule my interest.
And finaly, I saw a adolescent in the subway who had brackets, and some kind of "structure" to enlarge his maxilar, and was conected like, I don´t know, nails or something, the iron get into his cheeks, I suposed that that kind of device has to leave the skin with scars.

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« Reply #24 on: 14. June 2010, 23:21:14 PM »
I had a class mate in high school, she had to wear a headgear (at a time this wasnt popular). And a few years later my girlfirend had to wear a headgear (at the age of 21). But she really hated this appliance...

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« Reply #25 on: 15. June 2010, 01:50:25 AM »
Was very common when I went to middle/high school. Although most did not have to wear it during the day, sometimes it would be done for a week or two for catch-up reasons. Had a few friends who had to wear it, it was fun to see it up close!

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« Reply #26 on: 22. June 2010, 03:09:12 AM »
Seen one girl while at a flea market here at Vancouver, Canada...

She was pulling out her facebow still attached to the strap...tsk tsk...

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« Reply #27 on: 29. June 2010, 13:12:22 PM »
It used to be quite rare, but I would see one every 2-odd years or so.  But nothing the last couple of years.  The closest I’ve come to seeing headgear in public was, erm, myself, which I’ve done exactly once, after losing a bet.  The scariest experience of my adult life. 

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« Reply #28 on: 30. June 2010, 16:06:54 PM »
I´ve seen one Girl with a Highpull Headgear a few years ago. I met this girl in the orthodontists office, when i had braces too.

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« Reply #29 on: 02. July 2010, 02:41:23 AM »
I was at an orthodontist's yesterday for my consultation and a girl about 11-12 years old walked out of the treatment area wearing a facebow with high pull headgear. As soon as she walked out the door, she fumbled around with it, and she had it off by the time she reached the car

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« Reply #30 on: 06. March 2011, 20:40:28 PM »
I have only ever seen headgear in Holland, particularly in Amsterdam airport for some reason

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« Reply #31 on: 26. May 2016, 16:25:39 PM »
I have seen a handful of real life headgears, but none past the 90s, ever.

First one I ever saw was a high pull on a boy about my own age at an air show. I was fascinated, but didn't want to stare. This was in elementary school. Never saw him again.

Between elementary school and middle school, I went to summer school, and while there I saw a facemask! A girl I had known from scouting went to that school with me, so she was a casual acquaintance, and as soon as she saw me she came up and talked to me, and we were "school buddies" for the whole six week program. She had this headgear on her face like I'd never, ever seen before, white plastic strip across her forehead and chin and a bar across her lips with rubber bands going inside! It definitely changed her speech, but she wasn't difficult to understand. She was also completely unfazed by it, was her usual social self, had no trouble talking to people and talking in class, and never mentioned what it was or what it was for. She did not have fixed braces. I saw her again in the fall when she and I started attending the same middle school, but this headgear was nowhere to be found! I studied her teeth carefully when she spoke and saw there were square wire hooks along the sides of her top molars, and one morning I saw her getting off the bus and went to talk to her and saw there were still impressions on her forehead and chin from the plastic of the facemask, so obviously she was still wearing it at night.

That same year, I also started school with a boy who wore cervical headgear all day, every day, except at lunch when he'd take it out and leave it on the table. He wore it the entire three years of middle school, full time except for lunch, and the last year of school he had some kind of enormous plastic appliance attached to it (I know it was attached because he would take both out at lunch, still attached!) that made his speech really slurred. But he also did not wear fixed braces. I really, really wanted to make friends with him but he never seemed interested and I assumed I was not nerdy enough for him. We are good friends now (although we live in different cities) and he has since told me that that is not a thing. No guy, ever, would say "that girl is not nerdy enough for me." We were both just really young and socially inept, lol. Once we started high school he got fixed braces, then got them off, then got them on again. He got them off for good our senior year but started wearing some plastic removable thing again that was like an upper and lower retainer attached together or something. We hung out a few times in college and he was wearing that then too, and the headgear still at night!

In eighth grade I had this class mate who was really snotty and stuck up and very full of herself. She had this "perfect" pale blonde hair that she always pointed out was "natural" (we all had natural hair when we were that young, so I didn't really know what she was talking about) and was just... not very nice. Not to me and not to a lot of people. She was aways criticizing and making fun of things she saw on others, like... my shoes coming apart, or something. This was in the 90s and wearing "old" looking things was sort of the style, you know, grunge-looking stuff, but she was like little miss perfect. One day I passed her in the hall and she was wearing a high pull headgear, just like that boy I had seen so many years ago at the air show! Her hair was up in pigtails between the straps, and she was surrounded by her cadre of girlfriends who were loudly and continuously assuring her that it wasn't that bad, that no one was staring, and that her mom was so mean! It was all over the school by lunch time that this girl's mom had made her wear her headgear to school as punishment for something, and her mom even CAME to our school to make sure she was wearing it! (At the same time, the guy I mentioned above was still wearing his, and his removable appliance, every day like it was no big deal, so hers was not the only headgear anyone had ever seen or anything.) This punishment was apparently only for one day, though, because the next day it was gone and never to be seen again. She did not have fixed braces either, and she also got them on in high school.

The last headgear I ever saw was in '99. I was working in a drugstore and a girl and her mom came through my check out line. I had been in a play with the girl a few months before so I knew her really well, but she was several years younger than I was. She was wearing a cervical headgear that stuck way out from her face and she kept pulling at it and her mom kept pushing her hand away from it. I assumed she had just gotten it on and was told not to take it off for a bit, because I never saw her wearing it again. Her mom recognized me and made polite conversation while I rang her up but the girl just stared off in another direction. She didn't look embarrassed as much as dazed.

And that was it. Never saw a headgear in public after that.

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« Reply #32 on: 26. May 2016, 22:02:25 PM »
I have family in the Netherlands so venture there quite often - I'll see someome with headgear most trips, nearly always a teenager but once a girl of about 20 :D
Basically, the Netherlands is the place to go...

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« Reply #33 on: 30. May 2016, 03:37:13 AM »
Ever seen anyone in public with headgear/ yes, me! ;-D

Okay, seriously now:

I've seen a few in my life...  Same as everyone else: a short, unexpected "what the heck was that?" sighting.  I can remember maybe half a dozen instances. But one sighting many years ago stands out. 

I was about 15, 16, and had to wear headgear with my braces, which I never did.  I hated that bloody thing! 
I live in an in-land city, and a trip to the coast during the summer holidays is always a treat.  One year we were on this vacation, and my mum made sure I brought my headgear along - just in case she is in one of her foul moods and makes me wear it.  I really hoped that the holiday will put my mum in a relaxed mood, and that she will be so chilled that she would forget that her elder offspring is actually supposed to be geared up.   And it worked. 

One day on this holiday I was walking through the streets, enjoying the hot summer sun, shopping, eating ice cream, you know, all the stuff one does on a holiday.  And in this little seaside-resort town, on the sidewalk, was a girl about my age in full high-pull headgear, doing window-shopping with her mum.  They want into the shop and I followed, "spying" a bit.  She did not seem too worried about it, certainly less worried that I would have been, but you could still see there was a bit of "I'd rather not" in her eyes. 

Only later did it hit me like a ton of bricks:  if this girl is here in this resort town, wearing headgear, then the chances that I'd see her again in her headgear was rather good (the resort town is not very big). And if my chances are good... so is my mother's!  I hoped and prayed for the rest of that vacation that my mother, for the love of all things holy, do not see this girl in her headgear, because if she does, that's me screwed for the rest of the holiday! 

But neither I nor my mum saw her again, and I got away with a headgear-free holiday! 

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« Reply #34 on: 30. May 2016, 23:14:38 PM »
I wore my headgear in public for 2 years.  It never really bothered me at all my wife and I went on cruise through the Baltic Sea every country we stopped in was cool and I saw was not the only one with headgear

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« Reply #35 on: 31. May 2016, 03:21:50 AM »
I've seen headgear in real life on a few occasions...

About 10 years ago I saw a woman in her early 20s wearing combination headgear. She just happened to come in to the coffee shop where my girlfriend (now wife) was working on a Sunday morning. I was surprised because you don't see headgear here in the US all that often, especially on adults.

One of the girls in my neighborhood about 25 years ago had cervical headgear along with metal brackets and tongue crib.

Incidentally, I forgot that one of my wife's cousins actually had a reverse pull facemask -- the only one I've ever seen in real life (other than the one my wife wears on occasion for fun!).

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« Reply #36 on: 04. April 2017, 00:11:12 AM »
I have seen headgear only a one or two times in high school when other kids had to wear one.

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« Reply #37 on: 04. April 2017, 19:35:45 PM »
yes

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« Reply #38 on: 05. April 2017, 21:08:14 PM »
Yes several times. In the Street it was in the 90s, that I saw them in Germany, but my Girlfriend at young teenage times had to wear one for the Night, for a short time, and in University I lived with a Family whose boy got one and one Year later, my Flatmate had to wear one too (but also only for the night)

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« Reply #39 on: 11. February 2018, 00:25:16 AM »
Hi,

I am 44 now.
I see my first headgear at school, I was 11, and a girl in my class had one for 6 mouth !
I had myself a headgear at 13yo, but only at home. (and a very few time in public, but not at school)
at 14yo, an other girl in my school have one.
I am in france, but some family in Holland. When I went there, I saw some... but less and less now.
In the last 8 years, I see 2 tourists with one. One in the metro, and one near the effel tower. (I have some pict of that...)

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« Reply #40 on: 11. February 2018, 06:31:43 AM »
Hallo, I have only seen headgear once and it was many years ago.
It was in the late eighties and a girl from another was at our sport day.
She wore her headgear during the sporting event.

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« Reply #41 on: 11. February 2018, 14:06:05 PM »
i saw a girl wearing a headgear when i was about 8 to ten. The girl lived in the same town and took the same schoolbus and while driving home from school she wore it sometimes. I think it was quite ebarissing for her

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« Reply #42 on: 13. February 2018, 22:26:30 PM »
sounds like I need to go to Holland!!

my wife apparently wore headgear when she was in her teens but I didn't know her then and I don't think she wore it 24/7. Never found any photos of course!

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« Reply #43 on: 13. February 2018, 22:54:29 PM »
headgear at home was very common in france in the 80's. (I had one, and my sister too, and some of my friend too)
It seems to be less common now, but very difficult to know... no one said it !

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« Reply #44 on: 16. February 2018, 21:13:51 PM »
Twice, I think.
The first time was when I was still at school and I went to my friends house.
His brother came down the stairs with headgear on. I already had a 'thing' for braces (retainers) etc at that time, but then, just like now, I was more interested in the idea of dealing with a mouth full of plastic. I had never even heard of headgear so I had to ask his brother (my friend) all the details I could without sounding too interested. I wondered what it would be like to wear it and certainly would have liked to try it, bit I was still more interested in the plates and wires etc.

The other time was when I visited a customers house and their son, probably aged around 13 or 14 opened the door wearing fairly basic headgear. He let me in and took me to his mother in the kitchen. I am in the service industry so we discussed what was to be done and I started work.
He was working at the kitchen table and didn't seem to be taking any notice of his appliance, so nothing to report really!   

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« Reply #45 on: 16. February 2018, 21:42:29 PM »
A handful of times...

First time i remember seeing one was in school. A girl in the grade above came in wearing a cervical headgear, and then proceeded to wear it many days at school. She was a cool girl, very popular, so at first it was shocking that she would wear it to school, by the 2nd or 3rd time, everyone got used to it. She was very confident wearing it - just pretended it was no big deal.

At summer camp when I was probably 10, one of my bunk mates had a reverse pull mask. He was very studious to never put it on until after the lights were out, but every morning he'd wake up with it on (and then quickly stash it). I think he was more embarrassed than he needed to be - many of the kids in the cabin had braces/retainers etc..

In high school I remember once seeing a younger girl (9th grade) wearing one (again, cervical) in study hall. She was clearly embarrassed to be seen wearing it when my class came into the study room and quickly removed it.

More recently, I saw a teenage girl in the Las Vegas airport wearing a high-pull headgear getting off a plane. I think this was still the only time I've seen a high-pull 'in the wild' so the memory definitely stuck with me.

When I had braces in 2012/2013, there was one time at the ortho office where a young boy was getting fitted for a headgear. I could only hear the discussion, but he was clearly not loving the idea, and his mother was trying to reassure him that it would only be at night etc etc. He walked out with a standard cervical headgear / boring blue strap.


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« Reply #46 on: 11. March 2018, 10:06:24 AM »
I've seen it twice.

The first was in high school around 2000, when there was a girl in the year below me who wore it on and off again at school over six months. She had a high-pull headgear and fixed braces.
The second was in 2007 in Turkey when I was on a day trip. There was a family with a small boy 10 years old wearing a cervical headgear, who wore it for the entire day except when he stopped for lunch. Not sure if he had braces.

Haven't seen any since.

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« Reply #47 on: 11. March 2018, 18:33:11 PM »
Many times...

During the 1990s and early 2000s, it was not unusual at all to see kids wearing headgear in public where I live (SW Germany). In my school, a handful of kids used to wear headgear during the school day.

Sadly, they have almost completely disappeared from the streets nowadays, but it's still possible to see a headgear wearer on rare occassions.

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« Reply #48 on: 12. March 2018, 04:12:09 AM »
Just once i think! Saw a boy in Walmart with headgear but that was quite a while ago

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Re: Have you ever...?
« Reply #49 on: 12. March 2018, 20:30:20 PM »
As already stated here before, headgear is really common in The Netherlands. Up until a few years ago, it looked like it was a kind of “must” to start treatment with headgear (often in combination with an activator). Had the same combination myself, as well as a lot of my friends and family.

However, this seems to get less and less every year. Still, The Netherlands would be a good place to check out people with headgear  ;D

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Re: Have you ever...?
« Reply #50 on: 13. March 2018, 08:38:14 AM »
However, this seems to get less and less every year.

Are they approximating Germany? Will the good times be gone forever in a few years, even in the Netherlands?
 :( :( :(   :'( :'( :'(

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Re: Have you ever...?
« Reply #51 on: 10. May 2018, 04:17:42 AM »
No. Only in dreams

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Re: Have you ever...?
« Reply #52 on: 17. May 2018, 06:59:37 AM »
The only time I saw someone wearing one was a  girl getting fitted for headgear in the chair next to me at the ortho but it was so long ago I can only vaguely remember it.

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« Reply #53 on: 17. May 2018, 12:21:44 PM »
do you remember her reaction? Like was she scared, maybe excited or crying?

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« Reply #54 on: 17. May 2018, 16:39:13 PM »
Yes, a few times on the continent. Memorable times are a trip to France when I was a child and a trip to Amsterdam when I was mid 20s.

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Re: Have you ever...?
« Reply #55 on: 01. November 2018, 21:05:35 PM »
I see people with headgear almost every month in The Netherlands. Headgear is really common here. Almost 25% of kids have headgear or have worn headgear at some point in their lives.