The vertical Habit appliance is used on the upper arch to restrain the tongue from excessive anterior movement and thumb sucking. A 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.
This appliance should be cleaned every day with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, morning and night. Encourage the patient to give sufficient time to clean thoroughly around the appliance, gums, teeth, and bands to maintain proper hygiene and prevent inflammation. 3 minutes is recommended.