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What is the relationship between Orthodontic treatment and habits a patient may have?

There are many habits a person might have that can be the cause of a malocclusion or influence the position of the teeth.  This can include, but is not limited to

  • Abnormal tongue posture and movements eg. Protrusive resting tongue posture
  • Changes in swallowing patterns eg. Tongue thrust swallowing
  • Object biting habits eg. Nailbiting, pen chewing
  • Mouthbreathing
  • Sucking habits eg. Lip sucking, thumb sucking