We know this is a comforting habit for young infants, but if prolonged it can cause significant changes to the dental structures. The constant pressure from prolonged sucking can move the teeth and redirect the jaw growth. You can see kids develop an open bite or their palate may be narrow causing a cross-bite. All these changes do not only cause an esthetic concern, but can also affect chewing, breathing and swallowing as well.
Dr. Sara recommends using a pacifier until 18 months and then eliminating the habit by 24 months to help try and minimize these changes. We understand that this can be difficult, but we can discuss ways to help with this at home. Thumb sucking is a more difficult habit to break. We would be happy to discuss different methods with you to help stop this habit as soon as possible.