The Bluegrass Appliance is bonded to the upper teeth to help prevent thumb sucking and tongue habits from perpetuating. Kids with thumb and tongue habits commonly present to our office with an anterior open bite. This means that the upper and lower front teeth do not touch each other. These habits can be harmful to the normal development of the teeth and jaw bones.
How it Works
The Bluegrass Appliance encourages the child to play with the beads or roller on the roof of the mouth and inhibits the ability to form a suction around the finger or tongue. The appliance was originally designed and used at the University of Kentucky and Louisville Dental Schools, thus its unique name.