(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607

Often, babies and young children use thumb sucking as a method of self-soothing. While it may not seem like a problem, this habit can create dental issues involving teeth position and bite. One way to curb thumb sucking is placement of a dental crib. This orthodontic appliance can correct the habit and help adjust the position of the teeth.

What is a dental crib?
Cemented behind the upper teeth on the roof of the mouth, a dental crib consists of a half circle of wires connected to supporting bands or rings. The device hinders thumb sucking and makes it less appealing.

What is the process for getting a dental crib?
First, you should schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Your doctor will examine your child and look for signs of any problems. If your child needs a dental crib, you will return for a second visit so that the orthodontist can take photos, X-rays, and impressions. At the third visit, your doctor will construct the dental crib and place it at the fourth appointment.

How long will my child wear a dental crib?
After placement, front teeth begin to shift in about two weeks. After four to six month, an open bite will close and teeth will straighten. Usually, your orthodontist will leave the device in place for 9 to 12 months to ensure that your child has broken the habit.

When is the best time to place a dental crib?
Ideally, you should have the appliance put in position once the upper front baby teeth become loose, but before the adult teeth have pushed out, which usually occurs around age six.

Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.

ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST

5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 980-5300

Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

Our Hours

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm