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For older children, how will it affect their teeth?

If older children continue to thumb-suck, this may affect the teeth and jaws since:

  • The upper front teeth may bend outward or become crooked
  • It may cause malocclusion or misalignment of the upper and lower jaws
  • It may hinder the growth of the jaws and bones that support the teeth
  • It can cause changes in the roof of the mouth

Aside from thumb-sucking, prolonged use of pacifiers can cause the same problems. Because persistent habits may cause long-term problems, intervention may be recommended for children beyond 3 years of age.

Now you can kiss your overbite or underbite goodbye. Have an attractive smile that’s truly remarkable from an expert’s perspective. Call us in Wilbraham today at (413) 596-9657 or use our online Request an Appointment form. Our patients come to us from the Pioneer Valley (Hampden County, MA) towns of Hampden, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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" How could I give anything but 10 stars when the whole experience was perfect! Dr. Margolis and his staff are polite, friendly and informative. Every appointment from the first consultation through having the braces taken off were run like a well oiled machine... And most importantly, my daughter's teeth look amazing and she is all smiles!! "
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