Frequently asked questions about habit appliances in Atlanta
Can kids eat food with a habit appliance in?
Orthodontic habit appliances are affixed to your child’s mouth and only removable by your orthodontist. Your children will continue to eat and drink normally, without interference from their habit appliance.
What age is a habit appliance for?
Habit appliances are best for children who maintain habits like thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting past the age of 4 or 5. However, parents of children as young as 2 and 3 may have concerns about these habits, so it’s best to talk to an orthodontist early to get an expert opinion.
What are the benefits of a habit appliance?
By breaking the intended habit, habit appliances will save parents and children pain, money and hassle down the road. Many orthodontic issues can be caused by thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting, so breaking the habit earlier rather than later is advised. Furthermore, habit appliances have a major edge over other methods of habit-breaking, because they’re far more effective, yet subtle and drama-free (no stress, no tears!).
Does a habit appliance require special care or maintenance?
A habit appliance is, for the most part, very low maintenance. For the first few days, speech may be affected, and if your child has any discomfort, your orthodontist can recommend ways to alleviate it—like applying wax to the appliance or using a salt water rinse.
While the habit appliance is in, your child should avoid sticky or hard foods that could damage the appliance. You’ll also want to make sure you’re helping your child brush around the appliance each day to avoid food or plaque buildup.