I have always sucked my thumb. Now I’m 14 and my teeth look funny. Is there something I can do to fix them? Also, sometimes I wake up finding my thumb in my mouth. Will anything stop that?
I’m sorry you are having to deal with this on your own, but it shows how mature you are that you are reaching out for help. I am curious why your family dentist hasn’t helped you though. He should have at least pointed out the misalignment and given some advice.
Let’s start with what could help you stop sucking your thumb. It is normal to find yourself reverting back to an old habit when you are asleep. The good news is there is something inexpensive which can help; a liquid you can purchase called Thum. It can be painted on your thumb. It’s clear but tastes very bitter. Every time you inadvertently place your thumb in your mouth, the bitterness will make you take it out. Without breaking this habit, any repairs that are done will be very temporary. I would ask your parents to get it for you.
The best way to deal with the misalignment is to have orthodontics done. You have two choices with that. The first is traditional braces. The second is Invisalign. I usually only suggest Invisalign to very responsible teenagers, because they are removable. You want to be the type of patient who will keep them in the length of time necessary as well as not lose them. I think you are responsible enough to do that.
Talk to your parents about these options. Also, let them know I don’t feel you are being serviced well by your family dentist. It may be time to look for another one who is more invested in his patients.
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