A habit appliance is a painless and drama-free way to finally rid your child of behaviors that can adversely affect their oral development – such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Though these behaviors are common in very young children, if they continue past the first few years of life, they can cause an improper bite.
The habit appliance – chosen specifically to address your child’s unique situation, age and growth – will be temporarily secured into your child’s mouth and affixed to their teeth so it doesn’t come out and get lost. It does not change the shape of your child’s mouth or teeth. The habit appliance’s job is to make the act of tongue thrusting or thumb sucking slightly uncomfortable and more difficult, which subtly discourages your child from continuing with the behavior.