Space maintainers are exactly what they sound like! They help “hold space” for permanent teeth. We’re able to assess if your child may need one, based on if they lose baby teeth prematurely, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. If a primary tooth is lost too early, adult teeth can erupt into the empty space instead of where they should be. Space maintainers are a super common way to retain space and make sure that your child’s adult teeth have the best chance to grow healthy and correctly!
Braces are often known for correcting the cosmetic issue of crooked teeth. But braces might also be required for other reasons more tied to health. For instance, overlapping or overcrowded teeth can be hard to clean, making cavities more likely. Malocclusion problems like overbites or underbites might also cause teeth grinding in the future. Braces can treat all of these things.
At Curtis Kid’s dentistry, we’re experts in your child’s smile! Dr. Curtis is able to apply early prevention and intervention methods (such as space maintainers) and monitor your child’s needs as they get older. Should your child need to visit the orthodontist, we’ll ensure they land there at just the right time, never too early, and never too late! Plus, we’re able to work hand in hand with your orthodontist to ensure excellent oral health during, and after, your child’s orthodontic treatment.