Do teeth correct themselves from damage from a binky?

Tami - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter, yes I know its wrong, JUST got off her binky - she will be 4 in March. It was more my thing than her since I expected a lot of lost sleep. Anyways, it was MUCH easier than expected! Anyways, she was at the dentist last week and he mentioned that her teeth were protruding from binky use. Does anyone know if this easily corrects itself?

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Liz - posted on 01/11/2009

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I too agree with Kim and Rachel. I used to work for a pediatric dentist and we would see a lot of kids who either sucked their thumb or a pacifier. The sooner they stop the better. Give it some time and I'm sure you will see a difference. Continue to see your pediatric dentist every 6 mo and he will let you know whether he thinks she should see an orthodontist down the road.

Alissa - posted on 01/12/2009

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My boys both had an "open bite," a space between their upper and lower teeth, from their pacifier use. They both have had a palate expander and retainers, and the younger one will probably need braces. But my older son, who was close to 5 when he gave up his pacifier, has a great jaw and his teeth look great - the orhodontist says he prob. doesn't need braces. So how do you ever know if it's from the pacifier, or genetics, or what?

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Just wanted to point out that all mouths are different, some children inherit really bad "bites" and crowding which can be worsened by a finger or pacifier habit. Severity of issues related to pacifiers and thumb suckers depends on the severity of the habit. (From my 10+ years of ortho experience)

Jackie - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son's teeth did correct themselves within six months of the dentist pointing out the spread from his nuk at 3 years old. The teeth are moving around so much until they get the majority of their permanent teeth.

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Franchesca - posted on 04/09/2014

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My son is 3 and still on the pacifier. He was not on it up until after 1 years old. Now I'm concern with his teeth and having a super hard time giving in and just getting rid of it. He's had a checkup with the dentist a few months ago and was good. Now I am not so certain of what the result will be for his next check up. Any helpful safe tips to emotionally help him detach from the pacifier without feeling so guilty?

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2009

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My daughter was two when we got rid of hers (she hasn't slept through the night since) after seeing the dentist for the first time. When I went back for a second check up, the dentist said her teeth looked better.

Tami - posted on 01/12/2009

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Thank you for all the responses! I feel better! All my kids have had binkies, 2 were off it by the age 2 or earlier, my (now) 10 year old got rid of it at 3 1/2 but never had any issues with her teeth. I will keep an eye on her and she sees her dentist regularily.

Tami - posted on 01/12/2009

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Thank you for all the responses! I feel better! All my kids have had binkies, 2 were off it by the age 2 or earlier, my (now) 10 year old got rid of it at 3 1/2 but never had any issues with her teeth. I will keep an eye on her and she sees her dentist regularily.

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2009

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Quoting Tami:

Do teeth correct themselves from damage from a binky?

My daughter, yes I know its wrong, JUST got off her binky - she will be 4 in March. It was more my thing than her since I expected a lot of lost sleep. Anyways, it was MUCH easier than expected! Anyways, she was at the dentist last week and he mentioned that her teeth were protruding from binky use. Does anyone know if this easily corrects itself?


It can, my son's did drastically, but he was two when we took him off. only his eye teeth met on the top and botton, all the front teeth went in an arc from where the binky used to be. After about a year, everything went back to normal and his teeth look like they should.


 

Leanne - posted on 01/12/2009

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no they dont i still have a 7 millimetre over bite and my teeth did not go back BUT as she so young as long as she doesnt thumb suck her teeth may go back to normal as she hasnt got her second set yet good luck .

Rebecca - posted on 01/11/2009

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I sucked my thumb until I was about 7 I think. I have had 3 sets of braces and my teeth continue to move. I didn't get the first set of braces until I was 14 and it was too late for me. The only way I will have straight teeth is to have a fixed appliance fitted on my bottom jaw and a night retainer on my top.

Both my kids have very tight teeth but gave up pacifiers by 2. I will be taking the oldest to an orthodontist at 6 to find out about a spacer. I would probably wait 6 months and see if her teeth adjust any then I might consider taking her to an orthodontist. I have heard that children as young as 4.5 have had spacers.

Patti - posted on 01/11/2009

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My son, who is now 6, used his pacifier til he was about 2 1/2. I got him off of it because I noticed his teeth were starting to move and stick out and I am sure it was from the pacifier. I had him off of it in a week by snipping a small hole in it and then every day I cut a little bit off until he could not even put it in his mouth. He only had the 1 pacifier so I had no worries of him finding another one!



I think you are fine with her teeth correcting themselves. If she just got off of it that would explain why the dentist noticed! It should be fine in no time!

Kim - posted on 01/11/2009

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I also work for an orthodontist and totally agree with rachel!!!  and also have a 3 1/2 y/o thumb sucker!!! ahh!!!  :)   so I will hang tight to my job!!  :)

Rachel - posted on 01/11/2009

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hi! i work for an orthodontist and we see this somewhat often. sometimes it does correct, and sometimes it doesn't. if you notice, that by age 6 or 7, that the teeth are still protruding, i would go to a specialist. an orthodontist has a better idea about the movement of teeth than a general dentist. they see this much more often. i wouldn't worry about it though....she's still young and has time for everything to work out.

Cathy - posted on 01/11/2009

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I've recently read up on that and continued use of soothers are problematic after the age of 5. So I wouldn't worry if I were you. You should be glad your daughter was able to wean herself easily, I've heard of some people having severe problems getting their babies to let go of their soothers when they're not ready to.

Cathy - posted on 01/11/2009

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I've recently read up on that and continued use of soothers are problematic after the age of 5. So I wouldn't worry if I were you. You should be glad your daughter was able to wean herself easily, I've heard of some people having severe problems getting their babies to let go of their soothers when they're not ready to.

Cindi - posted on 01/10/2009

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My daughter just stopped sucking her thumb 3 months ago (she is 7!!) She has had about a 90% improvement in her teeth! It is amazing. She had very obvious damage done by her thumb (I think that the thumb is worse than a binky) and might still need braces, but maybe not! It really is that much of an improvement! Just give it some time! The only way the damage would effect her adult teeth would be if she changed the shape of her palate and it didn't correct it's self. I'd bet that it will. Unless of course, there is a family history with braces. Then all bets are off! ;0)

Vanessa - posted on 01/10/2009

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My Dentist says that a souther can not affect tooth development until after the age of 5.

Jackie - posted on 01/10/2009

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Besides a 4 almost 5 year old boy, I also have a 13 year old girl who used a nuk until she was 3. She has had to have braces as an older child as I did for crooked teeth (they are beautiful now), but the spread of the baby teeth from the nuk corrected itself fairly quickly after dropping the nuk use. Don't let hearsay worry you.

Jackie - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son's teeth did correct themselves within six months of the dentist pointing out the spread from his nuk at 3 years old. The teeth are moving around so much until they get the majority of their permanent teeth.

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