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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Thumb-sucking in 32 year old

    I have sucked my thumb at night for 32 years. In the past 2 years, I've suffered severe TMJ issues. I have mild hypermobility in ligaments throughout my body and have a clicking jaw that can move sideways, overactive jaw muscles that require botulinum toxin to stop.

    I have to take heavy pain relief to ease the jaw pain as it causes crippling headaches and now suddenly my teeth have decided to shift. I have always had an even overbite and cross-bite but now the lower teeth have moved unevenly backwards and look terrible. Also, the way all my teeth sit feels uneven like they cannot rest down properly.

    I'm thinking maybe braces might hopefully fix the problem and jaw issues too but worry that as I cannot seem to stop sucking my thumb ( it tends to be more at night in times of high stress or pain but I bite down hard in my sleep then). Psychology and hypnotherapy don't work. Diazepam does reduce the bite strength.

    Will braces help or damage? Other solutions?
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