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Habit Appliances

Tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, snoring, and sleep apnea are common problems, but can be fixed with orthodontics. We offer different habit appliances to help repress and eventually eliminate these harmful habits.

Tongue thrusting crib protects front teeth from misalignment

Tooth positions can shift when the tongue is pushed against the front teeth when swallowing, speaking, or resting the tongue. We can correct this habit by providing your child with a tongue thrusting crib, similar to a mouth guard, to be worn at night. This appliance significantly reduces tongue pressure on the front teeth.

Palatal crib works to break thumb sucking habits

Thumb sucking is commonplace among many children, but most outgrow this habit by the age of five. However, prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking can negatively change the growth patterns of your child’s jaw, causing significant misalignment of his or her teeth. Dr. Hickory can mount an appliance called a palatal crib on your child’s upper teeth to disrupt the insertion of a thumb into your child’s mouth.

Silent Nite helps you get a better night’s rest

Snoring and sleep apnea can negatively affect your health. Snoring can cause your blood pressure to soar, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and, therefore, increase the risk of stroke. Sleep apnea, on the other hand, is a condition that causes your breathing to stop and start repeatedly, which can lead to heart complications.

Silent Nite is an appliance that can aid in treating both of these issues. Resembling a night guard, this flexible, thin, and comfortable appliance is a custom-made snore prevention device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position to increase the airway space and reduce air velocity and soft tissue vibration. And unlike surgery, this appliance is non-invasive, cost-effective, and easy to care for.

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