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Will Thumb Sucking Cause My Child to Need Braces?

January 19th, 2020

It’s very common for infants to suck their thumbs. They find comfort in the action and it helps them fall asleep. While thumb sucking is natural, it’s a habit that most children stop doing between the ages of six months to four years old. However, there are some children who continue to suck their thumbs beyond that threshold, which can cause severe orthodontic problems.

What Dental Problems Can Be Caused by Thumb Sucking?

Thumb sucking applies pressure to the teeth, gums and jaws over the course of a child’s growth, which could cause lasting damage and development problems. While every child and case is different, thumb sucking can easily lead to the following orthodontic issues.

Protrusions

Constant pressure applied to the top teeth can cause them to protrude, creating an overbite or buck teeth. While not as common, it’s also possible for the lower teeth to protrude due to thumb sucking. In even rarer cases, thumb sucking can move the top and bottom teeth to the point where they don’t meet when the jaws close, creating an open bite.

Speech Impediments

Due to the bite issues caused by thumb sucking, children may develop speech impediments such as lisps or the inability to properly pronounce the letters D, L, N, S, T and Z. Some of these issues may be corrected with speech therapy, but dental corrections may be necessary in severe cases.

Jaw Developmental Problems

When cases of thumb sucking are particularly prolonged or there is a lot of force being exerted during the act, the jaw may also become damaged or develop abnormally. The most common result of this is a narrowed upper jaw. When the upper jaw develops in a more narrow shape than the bottom, it will create a crossbite.

Are Braces Necessary?

Whether or not San Tan Valley AZ braces will be necessary for your child ultimately depends on how severe the dental problems are and whether or not they can be corrected in other ways such as with extractions or surgery.
There are several factors that affect the odds of such severe dental problems developing that interventions such as braces will be required.
The most impacting factor is how long your child has been sucking their thumb. The longer a child sucks their thumb, the more it affects the natural development of the jaw and teeth. It’s not unheard of for children over the age of ten to still suck their thumbs. It’s best to help your child drop the habit as soon as possible.

The second most important factor is how often your child sucks their thumb. Many children will only suck their thumbs in times of great duress once they’re over the age of two. However, many others will continue to do it constantly over the course of nearly every day.

Braces are a common and very effective method of correcting orthodontic issues caused by thumb sucking. However, it is certainly not an inevitability as long as you catch the problems early, stop the habit as soon as possible and help your child maintain healthy dental practices.

Cost Comparison: Invisalign Versus Braces

January 30th, 2019

 

For those who want to straighten their teeth, the choices come down to Invisalign or traditional metal braces. The cost of both is comparable, depending on patient needs, but in some cases, metal braces will work better than the aligners. In addition, the success of using Invisalign is dependent on the patient actually wearing the aligners each day, meaning the method may not be the best choice for every individual.

The decision can also be based on cost. While mild or moderate straightening is typically best accomplished with Invisalign, some patients may choose metal braces because it saves them some money.

Invisalign Cost

The cost of Invisalign treatment is based on a patient's insurance plan, their flexible spending account or the payment plan they arrange with the orthodontist's office. Insurance and flexible spending generally have set amounts to help cover treatment expenses. An individual payment plan has the advantage of affordability and having the treatment completely paid for before it ends.

Most insurance providers consider Invisalign the same as metal braces and will pay the same amount on either treatment method. This is usually up to $3,500 of the total cost. Patients should contact their providers directly to determine the amount of coverage they have. It should be noted that the insurance company and the dental office will be unable to provide an absolute percentage of what will be paid. There is only an estimate to give the patient an idea of cost.

Braces Cost

Some patients may benefit more from choosing metal braces because they are not removable and ensure treatment compliance. The drawbacks are dietary restrictions and a strict cleaning regimen. The cost of braces depends on how complex the patient's needs are and how long the adjustment period lasts. When a patient needs to straighten only a few teeth, metal braces are often faster and less costly than Invisalign. In more complicated circumstances where the patient requires removal of teeth, tooth rotation, teeth that need be moved, bridge expansion or jaw adjustment, braces are the best course of treatment, even though it will take much longer.

Braces have an average cost of about $5,000. Patients usually do not pay the entire amount because most of the cost is covered by flexible spending, insurance and individual payment plans. This is an affordable way to have a more functional mouth and a straight, beautiful smile.

Whether the choice is Invisalign or traditional metal braces, the experienced staff at Robison Ortho will help patients to achieve their smile goals.

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