Orthodontic Treatment for Thumb Sucking

child sucking thumb

Breaking the Finger-Sucking Habit

Promoting Healthy Oral Development

Finger-sucking can be a habit that is unsanitary and detrimental to your child’s long-term oral health. It can lead to orthodontic issues such as overbites, open-bites, gapped teeth, and more.

Finger-sucking changes the shape of the upper jaw as it grows and can lead to many issues in the adult dentition which can lead to the need to remove adult teeth or jaw surgery to correct.  

Shine Orthodontics is here to help you correct your child’s finger-sucking.  

Addressing Thumb-Sucking with Effective Strategies for Change

Three Methods for Stopping Finger-Sucking 

Let’s look at three options you can try to stop thumb-sucking.  

  1. Paint a non-toxic, bitter substance on your child’s finger. One option is Mavala.  

  1. Use a finger guard, a plastic implement that covers the finger and wraps around the wrist. 

  1. Ask your orthodontist about a habit appliance, which is temporarily cemented into your child’s mouth and stays in your child’s mouth until the habit is broken.   

For more information on how to stop your child’s finger-sucking habit, click here to reach out to Shine Orthodontics now!