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If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Braces

Yes, but if the thumb sucking continues then after the braces are removed then the teeth will flare again.
So you have to address the thumb sucking habit. Talk to an orthodontist to discuss options.

In brief: Braces

Yes, but if the thumb sucking continues then after the braces are removed then the teeth will flare again.
So you have to address the thumb sucking habit. Talk to an orthodontist to discuss options.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Braces

Yes, you should. Teeth that are flared out are more prone to being knocked out of your mouth if you trip.
However, the thumb habit will have to stop or the teeth will flare out again after braces.

In brief: Braces

Yes, you should. Teeth that are flared out are more prone to being knocked out of your mouth if you trip.
However, the thumb habit will have to stop or the teeth will flare out again after braces.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Flared teeth

The answer to this question is really up to you.
Do you not like the way your teeth look? Is it giving your problems with eating? If the answer is "no" to the questions above then "no". However, if the answer is "yes" then go get a consultation from an orthodontist to see what they can do for you. You can also see a cosmetic dentist for other options, but i suggest starting with an orthodontist.

In brief: Flared teeth

The answer to this question is really up to you.
Do you not like the way your teeth look? Is it giving your problems with eating? If the answer is "no" to the questions above then "no". However, if the answer is "yes" then go get a consultation from an orthodontist to see what they can do for you. You can also see a cosmetic dentist for other options, but i suggest starting with an orthodontist.
Dr. James Merrett
Dr. James Merrett
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Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very possibly

Very possibly. Braces, even as a grownup, may have more benefit than just resetting your front teeth.
Properly positioned teeth function better, are more easily cleaned so your gums are healthier, may improve TMJ and muscle symptoms and you might even breathe better. And - you'll smile more!

In brief: Very possibly

Very possibly. Braces, even as a grownup, may have more benefit than just resetting your front teeth.
Properly positioned teeth function better, are more easily cleaned so your gums are healthier, may improve TMJ and muscle symptoms and you might even breathe better. And - you'll smile more!
Dr. Heidi Nelson
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Dr. Dennis Kelley
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on age

If a child sucks his/her thumb past 6 years of age then permanent incisors can be flared and may cause permanent problems.
If this habit is treated prior to permanent teeth erupting, a tongue rake can be placed in the mouth to retrain the child to keep his thumb out of the mouth. Once flaring has occurred in a young adult or adolescent then braces may be the answer.

In brief: Depends on age

If a child sucks his/her thumb past 6 years of age then permanent incisors can be flared and may cause permanent problems.
If this habit is treated prior to permanent teeth erupting, a tongue rake can be placed in the mouth to retrain the child to keep his thumb out of the mouth. Once flaring has occurred in a young adult or adolescent then braces may be the answer.
Dr. Dennis Kelley
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

The best way to correct flaring of the teeth is braces.
If you are concerned about esthetics, see a dentist or an orthodontist for consultations.

In brief: Yes

The best way to correct flaring of the teeth is braces.
If you are concerned about esthetics, see a dentist or an orthodontist for consultations.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Probably

As you have realized by age 35, this is not a self-correcting problem. If teeth don't look right (in you case, buck teeth), they don't fit right or function right.
Can cause long-term wear and/or joint problems. Why don't you see a qualified orthodontic specialist. Initial exam is usually free or very small fee. Find out exactly what's wrong with your occlusion and what can be done to fix it.

In brief: Probably

As you have realized by age 35, this is not a self-correcting problem. If teeth don't look right (in you case, buck teeth), they don't fit right or function right.
Can cause long-term wear and/or joint problems. Why don't you see a qualified orthodontic specialist. Initial exam is usually free or very small fee. Find out exactly what's wrong with your occlusion and what can be done to fix it.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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