• A smile is a curve that sets everything right

  • A smile is a curve that sets everything right

  • Smiles are the language of love

  • A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.

  • A winning smile makes winners of us all

  • A smile takes a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever

  • A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear

  • When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for awhile

Habit Breaking Appliances

Many bad dental habits are commonly seen in children. Some of the frequently observed dental habits in children are thumb sucking, finger biting, lip biting, nail biting, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting etc. If kept untreated for a long time, these habits can lead to gum disease, change in the position of teeth and jaws etc.

Appliances that are used to rectify these defects are called habit breaking appliances. They are custom fabricated appliances that may be either fixed or removable.

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Habit breaking appliances for thumb sucking: There are several methods to decrease the frequency of thumb sucking. These include psychological approach, reminder therapy etc. Excluding these procedures, appliances can be fitted into the teeth for management. One such appliance is the intra oral anti thumb sucking appliance. This is attached to the upper teeth areas with the help of bands that are fitted to the molar teeth. Other appliances include blue grass devices, quad helix etc.

Habit breaking appliances for mouth breathing: The most commonly used appliance used to treat mouth breathing is oral screen. Oral screen is an acrylic sheet that is usually very thin. It is pressed into the working cast that extends into the vestibular sulcus. Like this, this apparatus acts as a screen between musculature and teeth.

Oral screens are also used for treating other bad habits like nail biting, thumb sucking etc. They can also act a muscle exerciser.

It is should be noted that oral screen should not be administered for those who have mouth breathing habits due to nasal obstruction.

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