Tongue Thrust Therapy

Tongue thrusting is the habit of placing the tongue too far forward during swallowing, which forces the teeth out of alignment over time. During treatment, speech and finger sucking habits are also evaluated.

Tongue Thrust Therapy

What is tongue thrust therapy?

Sometimes, bite issues can stem from a condition known as tongue thrusting. A tongue thrust occurs when the tongue is not in the right position when swallowing. A tongue in the proper position when swallowing is at the roof of the mouth; in a tongue thrust patient, the tongue is pushed to the sides or the back of the teeth while swallowing. It is important to correct a tongue thrust habit during orthodontic treatment—untreated tongue thrust habits can undo years of orthodontic correction over time because of the tongue’s pressure on the teeth.

As an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Jeff at Village Orthodontics can identify and correct a tongue thrust habit. The type of treatment you or your child will receive for a tongue thrust correction will depend on its severity and overall treatment plan.

Bite and Speech Problems, Plus Thumb-Sucking Habits

There are many types of treatments available to correct bite and speech issues. The type of treatment that Village Orthodontics recommends for you will be determined based on your unique condition. Dr. Jeff formulates a customized treatment plan for every patient to ensure an accurate, efficient, and effective result. Sometimes, tongue thrust therapy is a great choice for children who have developed issues after sucking on their thumbs for too long, since thumb sucking impacts the tongue’s natural resting position.

At Village Orthodontics, we do everything that we can to achieve beautiful results. Utilizing the latest in technology and techniques, Dr. Jeff has an orthodontic treatment solution for you. When you come to Village Orthodontics for a consultation, Dr. Jeff will discuss which treatment options are right for you, which may include the use of the Carriere Motion Appliance or Herbst Appliance.

If you are ready to start your smile journey, please call Village Orthodontics at any one of our 3 practice locations to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeff.