Jean Delaire

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Jean Delaire
Education University of Nantes
Known for Developed Reverse Pull Headgear or Delaire Protraction Facemask
Medical career
Profession stomatologist

Jean Delaire (born 1923) was a French orthodontist known for developing the Delair Facemask or reverse headgear. This facemask is used to treat children who have maxillary retrognathism and mandibular prognathism.[1][2]


He was born in 1923. He received his medical degree from University of Nantes in 1953. After that, he became a Stomatology specialist in 1957. In 1959, he became the chief of staff of the Department of Stomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Nantes. In 1972, he specialized in plastic surgery and in 1978 he specialized in oral-maxillofacial surgery. In his lifetime, he performed many surgeries related to cleft lip and palate, dysgnathias and TMJ abnormalities. He developed the protraction facemask in 1970s which was used in children with mandibular prognathism.[3]

Delaire has written over 300 scientific articles and published around 8 textbooks. He also has served as President and Chairman of many organizations and departments. He was honorary fellow of British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Canadian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.[4]

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  1. ^ Delaire, Jean (1997-06-01). "Maxillary development revisited: relevance to the orthopaedic treatment of Class III malocclusions". The European Journal of Orthodontics. 19 (3): 289–311. doi:10.1093/ejo/19.3.289. ISSN 0141-5387. PMID 9239959. 
  2. ^ Miloro, Michael; Ghali, G. E.; Larsen, Peter; Waite, Peter (2004-01-01). Peterson's Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. PMPH-USA. ISBN 9781550092349. 
  3. ^ Kumar (2008-01-01). Orthodontics. Elsevier India. ISBN 9788131210543. 
  4. ^ Naini, Farhad B.; Gill, Daljit S. (2016-11-14). Orthognathic Surgery: Principles, Planning and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118649961.