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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-151

A new innovative light-emitting diode habit-breaking appliance

1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, College of Dentistry-Female Section, Majmaah University, Al Zulfi, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Tarulatha Revanappa Shyagali
College of Dentistry-Female Section, Majmaah University, Al Zulfi
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_49_17

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The aim of the present case report is to introduce a modified and innovative design for effective habit breaking with minimal patient discomfort. Abnormal oral habits are one of the major etiological factors in malocclusion. The harmful, unbalanced pressure bears upon the immature, highly malleable alveolar ridges and brings about potential changes in the position of teeth and occlusion. These habits can also cause behavioral problems and are socially unacceptable. Various methods and appliances are used to break the abnormal oral habits, as a part of treatment of malocclusion. The traditional habit-breaking appliances used so far can cause irritation to the tongue, subsequently leading to ulceration and in addition can also cause mastication and speech problems. The appliance is a regular Hawley's appliance with the addition of the light-emitting diode bulb and the switch. When the child's tongue or the finger touches the appliance, the light bulb gets illuminated, thus reminding the child to quit the habit. The said appliance utilizes easily available electrical gadgets that will function by disturbing the subconsciously built vicious cycle. The reminders send by its activation will break the pleasure perception obtained during the habit. Habit breaking through this appliance is effective as it is superior to other appliances in the mode of action as well as the design itself is attractive to the children.

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