Tongue Crib

Tongue crib represents one of the more traditional methods to keep the teeth aligned. Mostly, doctors recommend wearing tongue crib during childhood.

Tongue cribs are an appliance designed to stop thumb and finger sucking and tongue thrusting habits. While most children will stop these poor oral habits on their own, some children may continue sucking their fingers or thrusting their tongue, causing complications in the growth and development of their teeth and jaws.

A crib can be added to any removable retainer. This is used to aid in the training of the tongue during the retention phase.


Treatment & Care

Tongue crib is an orthodontic tool which has similar wiring as braces, but it not fixed. This appliance lies inside the oral cavity and hangs on two rings. The rings are attached to the back of the mouth, so the tongue crib doesn’t move. This action also helps prevents the tongue from pushing against the teeth and causing additional issues. A tongue crib serves server purposes as an orthodontic tool. Initially, it puts an end to tongue thrusting and front teeth protrusion. Next, it diminishes the effects of thumb sucking and using a pacifier.
A tongue crib is installed on the first molars of the jaw and always has to be worn to show effects. Depending on the seriousness of the condition, a patient can wear it for a few months, if necessary. Many dentists use this appliance as a treatment before putting on braces.

This appliance should be cleaned every day with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, morning and night. Encourage the patient to give enough time to clean thoroughly around the appliance, gums, teeth, and bands to maintain proper hygiene and prevent inflammation. 3 minutes is recommended.

  • Wire: American Orthodontics Chromium Cobalt
  • Acrylic: JBC Monomer and Polymer
  • Adams Clasps and tongue crib: Custom bent using American Orthodontics Chromium Cobalt