What are Space Maintainers?
Space maintainers are essential for preventing crowding and other orthodontic problems. These maintainers are custom-made to fit around your child’s teeth. They prevent the two surrounding teeth from shifting out of place, preventing the permanent adult tooth from coming down properly. These space maintainers are easy and comfortable to wear.
Why are Space Maintainers needed?
A space maintainer can help to prevent severe orthodontic problems that could result in years of wearing braces and having to deal with other oral appliances. The maintainer is needed to prevent crowding of the surrounding teeth while the permanent comes down into the mouth. Many smaller children and young teens can benefit from a space maintainer. It may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances and treatment.
Who is a candidate for Space Maintainers?
We can examine your child’s mouth to determine if they might benefit from a space maintainer. If they need one, it is best to have it placed as soon as possible. This prevents the teeth from shifting and becoming overcrowded. The entire procedure to place the maintainer is quick and easy, and no anesthetic is required. Some space maintainers are removable, while most are affixed permanently to the teeth until removed by a professional.
What can you and your child expect during the procedure for Space Maintainers?
To begin the procedure, we will take impressions of your child’s mouth to create a custom space maintainer. Some appliances are all-metal, while some have added acrylic for improved comfort. The maintainer will be placed at a subsequent appointment. If the appliance can be removed, we will instruct your child or teen to take it out before eating and while brushing their teeth. These space maintainers can prevent years worth of extensive orthodontic treatment by prevent overcrowding. The maintainer is a great option for kids and teens of all ages in need of this appliance.
If you think your child may benefit from a space maintainer, call us today so that we can get them in as soon as possible for a consultation.