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Thumb sucking habit is stopping my son from getting braces

Posted on Saturday, May. 8th 2010 9:06 AM by Dental Plan Reviews in Braces, Dental Help, Dentists 4 Comments »

My son is fourteen and still sucks his thumb.  He does not do it all the time every day but over the years he has done it enough to push out his teeth a little.  I took him to see an orthodontic dentist so that his teeth can be corrected.  However once he found out my son still will suck his thumb when stressed or upset he said it would be better not to get braces until he stop that habit.

He was saying it would only be a waste of money since if my son still sucks his thumb once the braces are off he will over time mess the up again.  I understand what he is saying but am very upset with the attitude that he gave off.   Like we have not tried to get him to stop.  He is the only child out of our four that does that.

I think that if we can get him into braces he would stop sucking his thumb.  Are there orthodontic dentist that would be able to treat my son without the attitude?  If you know of any kind suggest that may help my son to stop thumb sucking then we could try that too.   Thanks

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Posted on Saturday, May. 8th 2010 9:06 AM | by Dental Plan Reviews | in Braces, Dental Help, Dentists | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Thumb sucking habit is stopping my son from getting braces”

  1. Mr D Says:

    Wow I think you are taking things to personally. Which I understand can being upsetting when it comes to your child but I would ratter have a dentist be up front with me then to do a service he know will not work in the long run.

    What attitude did the Orthodontic dentist have with you? Seems to me he was only trying to have you fix a necessary problem before he put expensive braces on. I am not sure why you think getting braces will stop your son from thumb sucking? They won’t. That is not the job of braces. Even a retainer will not help if your son still pushes out his teeth by his thumb sucking.

    Your son’s thumb sucking habit is bad if it is effecting his teeth position. I think you should be grateful you found an honest Orthodontic dentist.

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  2. Grace Miller Says:

    I am sure you can find a Orthodontic dentist willing to put on braces regardless of your son’s thumb sucking ways. However, if you are going to go though the cost of braces I would suggest getting some help with your son habit.

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  3. Marcie Says:

    Whether you choice to get another Orthodontic dentist with a better attitude or not I would advise in waiting until you are sure that your son has stopped the thumb sucking habit.

    I put my daughter in braces but she had a habit of pushing her teeth with her tongue all the time. Just an odd habit I thought she would stop it too. I put in her braces and it was fine while she was in them. Three years after she was out of the braces she managed to mess her teeth to the point she needed have braces all over.

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  4. Jones Says:

    What is the real problem? Your son teeth or his thumb sucking habit. It is easy to say well at fourteen he should know better then to suck his thumb. Thumb sucking like any other habit can be very hard to quit and your son may need help in order to stop.

    That aside. Braces can take up to a year or more then he would in theory have a retainer. This give him and you family time to address how to best stop his thumb sucking habit. I say find another Orthodontic dentist that is aware of the problem but is still skilled enough to work with it.

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