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Making Space for New or Incoming Teeth
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
October 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Your child's small mouth may not be quite ready to receive bigger permanent teeth after they've lost their baby teeth. Hence, crooked dentition is common among kids getting their permanent teeth. Your orthodontist, Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics, can help create more room and straighten your child's smile with braces in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Spotting the Problem

Often, the parent or guardian is the first to notice that something is wrong with their child's smile. These signs indicate your child's permanent teeth don't have enough room to grow:

  • Crooked Teeth - Crooked teeth are one of the obvious signs of insufficient jaw space. If the new teeth don't have enough room to grow into, they may erupt at an angle to try to fit in.
  • Jaw Pain - Your child may complain of jaw pain around the spot where the new teeth are supposed to erupt.
  • Impacted Teeth - The new teeth may only come up partially. If there isn't enough room, the new teeth may not come out completely.

Making Space for New or Incoming Teeth

When you spot these signs, a visit to your orthodontist will put things back in order. Orthodontic devices that your orthodontist can use to create space for the new teeth include:

  • Braces - Traditional braces are the go-to for solving crooked teeth problems. They don't create space by themselves but help push the crooked teeth into proper alignment. Your orthodontist may also use braces in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, with other devices such as a palate expander and headgear.
  • Palate Expander - A Palate expander is a device resembling a retainer that helps create more teeth room by widening the roof of your child's mouth.
  • Headgear - Headgear uses gentle pressure to shift your child's entire jaw and create more room for new teeth.
  • Invisalign - Invisalign can help correct your teen's crooked smile if they would prefer to avoid having braces.
  • Extraction - As a last resort, your orthodontist may need to remove the misaligned teeth to create room for others.

Want to know if braces in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, will create more room for new teeth? Call (904) 249-0037 to discuss your options with your orthodontist, Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics.

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