Kid-Friendly Habit Appliances and Space Maintainers

To help avoid potential dental flaws in later life, your child may need a habit appliance. Habit appliances are dental devices that can help stop habits such as thumb-sucking.

How can Thumb sucking Affect my Child’s Teeth?

After permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth.
Pacifiers can affect the teeth essentially the same ways as sucking fingers and thumbs, but it is often an easier habit to break.
If allowed to continue, thumb-sucking and other habits can harm the development and eruption of both the temporary and permanent teeth.

Space Maintainers “hold space” for permanent teeth. Your child may need one if they lose a tooth prematurely, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. If a primary tooth is lost too early, adult teeth can erupt too early in the wrong space instead of where they should be.

To encourage proper development of your child’s teeth or if you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth we invite you to contact our Bountiful, UT dentist today. We can schedule your child’s next dental appointment and answer any questions you may have about your child’s dental care.