When a habit is formed, it can be hard to break. Many people, especially children struggle with such habits that can affect dental health such as sucking on a finger or thrusting the tongue. Unique Orthodontics can help prevent these habits from affecting your smile with specialized habit appliances.

Unique Orthodontics is your premier destination for a wide array of advanced orthodontics treatments for you and your whole family. Our amazing team is dedicated to caring for all of our patients and ensuring a comfortable, satisfying, and fulfilling treatment experience. We specialize in creating beautiful, healthy smiles for our neighbors in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and Tulare areas. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step in achieving a happier, healthier smile!


A habit appliance is a metallic gate that is carefully inserted behind the front teeth on the upper gums. It is configured into the mouth through two braces placed on the upper molars. By preventing the execution of a certain habit, this appliance prevents the upper and lower teeth from pushing towards an abnormal position. The main goal of a habit appliance is to not only break such a habit that affects the positioning of the teeth but to prevent an open bite or protruding teeth.


Children and adults with a habit appliance usually discontinue with finger-sucking and tongue-thrusting within a few days. However, more severe habits can take some time– as long as a few months– to break. Once both you and our provider are confident that the habit has been discontinued, the appliance is carefully removed.

Would you like to take the first step in preventing misalignment in your smile? Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about our habit appliances! We look forward to hearing from you!