He was born with a large overbite(from me, my mom, my brother etc we all have a recessed lower jaw) and I know the thumb sucking isn't the cause of the overbite(although the dentist thinks so) but it's certainly not going to make it better. Whether or not he sucked his thumb he would "need" dental work when he's older so that isn't a huge motivator either. His dentist wants to put in a fixed palatal crib and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I know he does it for comfort and because he's insecure. Our lives aren't very stable right now and I feel it would be mean to take away his comfort at a time like this. I know how it feels too because I sucked my thumb as a kid and when my mom tried to get me to stop I got all butthurt because I felt I needed it.
Also he has two adult teeth that are crooked and pushed back from where he sucks his thumb. I worry about his adult teeth being messed up.
Before anyone says "No one goes to college sucking their thumb" yes, they do. I know many teens and adults who still suck their thumb. A lot of them tell me wish they had more help stopping as young children.
Any advice? Has anyone had an oral appliance used on their child that worked? Didn't work?