Losing a Primary Tooth Might Increase Your Child’s Chances of Needing Braces

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The process of your child growing up typically includes their 20 primary teeth being replaced by the complement of 32 permanent teeth that will need to serve them throughout adulthood. Cavities in their early years that severely compromise a tooth or call for total extraction can alter the structure of their jaw as it develops.

As this happens, it’s possible for multiple teeth to emerge tightly spaced or out of their ideal alignment. Cosmetically this can leave your child with an unattractive smile. At the same time it can also cause multiple teeth to meet incorrectly in their bite pattern. Over the years it could increase their chances of suffering dental attrition and dental fractures.

In a situation like this Dr. Michael Jacobsen might recommend installing orthodontic braces into your son or daughter’s mouth to gradually correct the alignment of their teeth.

In a case where they are only dealing with minor variations in the alignment of their teeth he might be able to fit them for a brand of clear plastic aligners like Invisalign Teen®. This is a series of clear plastic aligners can gradually correct the alignment of their teeth over a short period of time.

If they have more significant alignment issues Dr. Michael Jacobsen might recommend traditional braces. This is even more likely to be the case if they have a malocclusion such as an under or overbite.

Once the braces hardware has been installed, they will need to return to Dr. Michael Jacobsen’s clinic for routine adjustments. These appointments will gradually tighten the orthodontic components to gradually move their teeth one increment closer to the ideal alignment.

If you live in the Victorville, California, area and you are concerned about the alignment of your child’s teeth, you should call 760-951-7752 to schedule a consultation at Jacobsen & Maleeh Orthodontics.