Thumb sucking

Thumb sucking is a very normal coping mechanism that provides comfort to many little ones between the ages of three months and three years, but it has risks if it continues beyond the age of seven.

What problems can thumb sucking cause?

How can braces help?

Initially, you’ll want to see a general dentist to help your child break the habit. They can offer helpful advice and may also discuss a ‘habit breaker’ - this is a dental appliance that makes thumb sucking more difficult.

For conditions that have developed from the habit, for example, an overbite or crooked teeth, an orthodontist can talk you through the different teeth straightening options available to correct the problem.

Don’t worry if the options seem overwhelming, your orthodontist will take you through the pros and cons of each, and recommend the most suitable solution for your child. Some common options include:

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