How Thumb Sucking Leads To Braces?

Many children stop sucking their thumbs by the time they are between 2 to 4 years of age, though some revert to their thumb-sucking habit when they feel stressed as a form of comfort.

Others simply don’t grow out of the thumb sucking routine so quickly.

Aside from the additional social effects which they may begin to experience when they’re sucking their thumbs at school, the thumb sucking habit among other things can also have a significant impact on the alignment of the child’s teeth as they grow.

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Child sucking their thumb

This in turn will require orthodontic treatment to correct teeth alignment later in life in order to avoid the side effects related to thumb sucking.

How does thumb-sucking cause crooked teeth?

In the same way, the braces and other orthodontic appliances shift teeth using gentle, consistent pressure, thumb sucking moves teeth in the wrong direction.

Thumb sucking can cause a variety of orthodontic issues however these are the 2 main problems we see as a result.

Overbite caused by thumb sucking

Sucking creates a vacuum in the mouth and the thumb causes forward pressure, particularly on the top front teeth.