The Habit Breaker appliance is a fixed and passive appliance. It is used to help patients stop harmful behavior such as thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting habits. This appliance can be used on its own or in combination with orthodontic treatment.
The Habit Breaker runs behind the upper arch and is fitted to the upper permanent molars. This appliance remains in place until the habit(s) no longer present or appliance is no longer needed. In some cases, the appliance may need to be put back in if the habit persists.
How to Clean the LLHA Appliance
Brush your teeth as you normally would taking more time to brush around the entire appliance. In addition to brushing, you should floss under the appliance. Using a Waterpik can be very helpful. If swelling occurs, use warm salt-water rinses to reduce the gingival swelling.
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