Sucking habits

Sucking habits such as finger and tongue sucking can lead to open bites, most commonly anterior open bites. This happens when one closes on the back teeth, and the front teeth are unable to meet and close together. Sucking habits can result in abnormal musculature development, and even deformation of the perioral structures and jaw bones.

The photos below illustrate open bites and the corrections in our patients.

We have a number of different options and appliance types that are capable of breaking habits, and also correcting the open bites resulting from sucking habits.

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