Prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use in childhood can lead to orthodontic issues such as an open bite malocclusion and the narrowing of the hard palate. Children who suck their thumb past two years old should have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they are about six years old. The orthodontist will be able to diagnose any issues that may require Braces in Chicopee MA.
Children who suffer from an open bite malocclusion will have a gap between their front teeth even when their jaws are clenched shut. They may also have front teeth that protrude over their lower teeth. Braces in Chicopee MA can be used to repair the malocclusion. The treatment will usually take between two and three years. It is important that an open bite malocclusion be treated or your child may suffer from speech problems, as well as pain and discomfort associated with the improperly positioned teeth.
In addition to the open bite, children who suck their thumbs may also develop a deep narrow hard palate. This is caused by the thumb pressing up and into the hard palate. As the palate narrows and deepens, the top front teeth may protrude over the bottom teeth. In order to repair a deep palate your child may need to wear a palatal expander in conjunction with the Braces in Chicopee MA. The expander be attached to the braces and will be worn on the roof of the mouth. A small narrow key-like device will be used to expand the appliance.
Braces in Chicopee MA can also be worn to repair over bites and under bites, as well. There are a variety of braces that can be worn, including lingual braces that are worn on the back of the teeth, and invisalign mouth aligners that will straighten your teeth without the use of braces that are attached to the teeth. The type of braces you wear will depend upon the severity of the orthodontic problems you have.
If you or your child require braces it is important that you speak to an orthodontist as soon as possible. It is never to late to have your teeth straightened.
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