THE THUMB SUCKING CLINIC
Metamorphosis orthodontics is pleased to announce the launch of London’s first ever ‘Thumb Sucking Clinic’ which has been set up to provide specialist treatment to tackle the effects of thumb sucking for children over the age of 6 when permanent teeth start to come through.
THUMB SUCKING CAN HAVE THE FOLLOWING EFFECTS ON THE MOUTH AND TEETH:
- Upper front teeth stick out
- Lower front teeth move inward
- Open bite where the upper and lower front teeth do not meet
- Narrowing of the structure of the upper jaw which leads to the development of a cross-bite (where the teeth do not meet but cross in front or behind one another)
Sucking the thumb is considered normal behaviour for babies and may even start in the womb. However, according to The American Dental Association, if it continues beyond the age of 3 or 4, it can have a negative effect on developing teeth and jaw. In fact, prolonged thumb sucking can lead to serious dental and speech problems. Research shows that greater than 60% of 10 year old thumb suckers have serious misalignment of their teeth.
Persistent thumb sucking can lead to speech problems such as lisping and imprecise pronunciation. Once the habit has been stopped natural improvement of the teeth can occur.