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Some parents at Bethlehem Orthodontics ask top-rated Bethlehem orthodontist, Dr. Jason Hartman if stopping a child’s nail biting habit is another positive effect of orthodontic treatment. Since nail biting can be harmful to braces by breaking brackets and bending wires that delays treatment, your Bethlehem orthodontist feels that finding ways to curtail the habit is in our patient’s best interest.
Here are a few facts about nail biting… technically called “Onychophagia”.
Nail biting is considered to be a stress induced habit that peaks during the teenage years and usually is overcome as an adult. Besides the fact it can damage braces during treatment if the habit persists, it can be harmful in different ways:
The good news is many orthodontic patients report that they are unable to continue their habit while wearing braces, which leads to breaking the habit. As your bite changes during treatment, their teeth no longer come together correctly. After a couple years of braces, patients usually lose the urge to bite their nails and generally overcome the problem.
Whether you have braces or starting orthodontic treatment, breaking the habit of nail biting is a good choice. It is healthier not to bite your nails and your orthodontist in Bethlehem, PA suggests you keep them trimmed well during treatment. Contact our Bethlehem orthodontic office with any questions or to schedule a complimentary initial exam.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our orthodontic office in Bethlehem, PA would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
Top-rated Bethlehem, PA Orthodontist, Dr. Jason Hartman of Spark Orthodontics offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including Invisalign, clear ceramic braces, metal braces and orthodontic treatment. Contact us today for a free Invisalign consultation and exam at one of our PA orthodontic offices. With six convenient orthodontic offices located in Bethlehem, PA, Schuylkill Haven, PA, Temple, PA and Schnecksville, PA, Lancaster, PA and York, PA there is sure to be an office conveniently located near you. Call us today for a complimentary consultation for braces at any of our six orthodontic offices in PA!
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