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Effects of thumb sucking & treatment with Aligners

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Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a very common habit amongst the infants and toddlers in order to show a sign of hunger or to provide self comfort or even for relaxation. In most of the cases, this habit carries on till the age of 4 years approximately. Although, there are a few exceptions where some of the children continue to suck their thumb even few years after the age of 4 years.

Prolonged thumb sucking can cause various complications to the child, such as:

  • The upper front teeth or the top anterior teeth may protrude forward resulting in overbite
  • Jaw alignment may be affected adversely
  • May cause speech impediments in the child like lisping etc
  • Blisters or rashes or calluses on the thumb or fingers
  • Bacterial infections in the mouth or gums and even other parts of the body are a high possibility due to germs and bacteria on the thumb or fingers
  • A child may feel embarrassed in a social event or in a public gathering, which can adversely affect their self esteem and confidence. Such children generally try to avoid big gatherings

Aligner Treatment

In mild or moderate cases, where the child has stopped the habit sucking the thumb or fingers and the front teeth are protruding forward, one can opt for Clear Aligners. Clear Aligners are tailor made, as per the child\’s teeth/jaw profile, clear plastic trays which fit the teeth smoothly and comfortably. The treatment is processed through a series of plastic tray sets. Each set is to be worn for around 20 to 22 hours a day for 15 days before being replaced by another set of aligners. The treatment period ranges from 6 to 18 months depending on the severity of the case.

Each set of aligners guide in shifting the teeth gradually and gently, step by step, towards the ideal position and finally straightening the teeth. They are a popular option as they give aesthetic appearance to the face, are discrete and light weight, very hygienic as they are easy to remove and wash – enabling to brush/floss the teeth regularly, very comfortable to wear and carry no food restrictions as they are removed while eating and drinking.

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