If you’re like many other people, you think it’s cute when your child sucks their thumb or fingers. Even though this is a common habit of many children, it can, unfortunately, harm your child’s mouth.

In fact, sucking on fingers and thumbs can alter the development of your child’s mouth and affect the teeth. It oftentimes results in open bites or protrusions as well as misaligned teeth if the primary teeth have erupted. These issues can develop because the child’s teeth and jaw are growing rapidly and they can adapt and change with any type of pressure. This is why it’s important to keep your child from sucking on their thumbs and fingers.

To help your child quit the habit, Dr. Amy Richter and our orthodontic team are happy to offer thumb and finger appliances in Buffalo, New York. These appliances will make the habit feel unnatural and uncomfortable for the child. All your orthodontist needs to do is meet with your child, take a few X-rays, examine your child’s mouth, and custom make the appliance that best suits your child’s smile. Once it’s created, it will be placed in the mouth.

If you’re interested in this beneficial appliance for your child or if you would like to know more about it, please call Amy Richter Orthodontics at 716-239-4815 and schedule an appointment. Our team will be more than happy to meet with your child and help them quit the thumb and finger-sucking habit.