Habit Appliances


Habit: Vertical Crib


The Vertical Habit appliance is used on the upper arch to restrain the tongue from excessive anterior movement or thumb sucking. A .040” support arch wire is soldered to bands on the first molars. A vertical Cage is extended just behind the lower anteriors to prevent thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.




Habit: Flat Crib


The Flat Habit is used to restrain the patient from sucking their thumb. A .040” support arch wire first is soldered to bands on the first molars. Wires are placed across the palate parallel to the occlusal plane to prevent the thumb from contacting the rugae. This appliance is also less noticeable than a vertical Habit appliance.




Habit: Rake


The Rake Habit is used on the patients that seem to get around all the other designs. A .040” support arch wire is soldered to bands on the first molars and a vertical rake is extended just behind the lower anteriors. The rake can be made as long or wide as the clinician desires.




Habit with Pearl


The Habit with an added Pearl is used on the upper arch to restrain the tongue from excessive anterior movement A .040” support arch wire is soldered to bands on the first molars. A vertical cage is extended just behind the lower anteriors to prevent the patient from tongue thrust. A pearl is added in the vault of the palate to retrain the tongue.