Dentist in Greensboro, NC educating parents on the benefits of habit appliances for children
As children begin to age, there are certain habits which should be left behind, including pacifier use and thumb sucking. It can be worrisome to parents when their children are unable to give up these habits. That is compounded by information (which can sometimes be wrong, so be careful with what you read) regarding side-effects of these habits when maintained over a prolonged period. Dr. Sona Isharani offers habit appliances for children which will assist in the eradication of these habits. Triad Pediatric Dentistry has been offering such appliances to patients in Greensboro, NC with great success.
Such habits as pacifier use and thumb sucking are entirely normal for infants. To infants, it’s an instinct to suck, but as your child ages and it becomes more of a bad habit, there are some dental issues that can result from it, including malocclusion (improper bite). At this time, a habit-breaking appliance may become necessary.
What is a Habit Breaking Appliance?
Habit breaking appliances come in a variety of forms, both removable and fixed. Many dentists find that fixed appliances result in better success because it is not dependent on a child having to follow instructions to wear it. It is put into place and it remains there for approximately a year until the habit is fully broken.
Habit breaking appliances meant to end thumb sucking or tongue thrusting are made of a thin, metal wire which is bonded behind the back molars. This allows for your child to be able to smile without the appliance being visible and it won’t interfere with eating. With many types of appliances, the tongue crib is put into place to take away the enjoyment of thumb sucking by preventing the tongue or finger from meeting the back of the front teeth and palate.
What to Expect
Habit breaking appliances are pain free and cause no discomfort when wearing. Your child’s tongue may continually hit against it as they adjust to sharing the space with the appliance in the mouth. This should resolve itself quickly. As this is meant to break these habits, your child may become cranky as they are unable to properly suck on their thumb to self-soothe. This too shall pass as your child is able to develop new methods for comfort.