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Side Effects Of Pacifier Use After 2 Years Old

Do you have a toddler at home who still has an addiction over his binky? Are you worried that your 2 year old is not outgrowing their pacifier?

Pacifier use gives your children feelings of relief and satisfaction from sucking and keeping instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS low. Pacifier use gives children a sense of comfort and the sucking action while they are in deep sleep prevents them from suddenly not breathing.

Negative Effects

Here are some of the possible problems that might arise from prolonged pacifier use:

  • Pacifier use after 2 years of age can lead to problems with the alignment of the teeth and changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth of children. These problems will affect him as he grows older.
  • When your toddler is beginning to speak, sucking on a pacifier will, more likely, hinder them in developing his skills in speaking, than help in the process. This is because sucking on a pacifier makes it hard for children to develop their lip and tongue muscles normally due to the unnatural position the mouth is in when sucking on a pacifier.
  • If the use of pacifiers persist beyond 2 years of your child’s age, they may be prone to misaligned or crooked teeth which would need the use of braces when they’re a bit older.

If you were not able to wean your child from their binky in the right time, then you may need the aid of orthodontics to correct your child’s teeth as they grow older. Braces are the most common corrective method done for crooked and misaligned teeth.

Types of Braces

Among the services that orthodontists have for braces are:

  • Metal or Traditional Braces– this is the least expensive type of braces and kids can choose the colors of the rubber that is used to connect the brackets.
  • Ceramic Braces– this has the same size and shape as metal braces except the color of the brackets are like that of your teeth, making it less noticeable.
  • Lingual Braces– this is the same metal braces but the brackets and wires are placed on the back of the teeth.
  • Invisalign– although not advisable for young children, this is almost invisible when placed on the teeth and you can eat and drink whatever you want without the hassle.

Give 360 Orthodontics a call today and set up a free consultation. We are here to give you the best options for your child.