As your child ages, their jaw structure will continue to expand, and they will gradually lose their original 20 primary teeth, which will be replaced by the 32 permanent teeth that will serve them throughout adulthood.
The process of replacing primary teeth with permanent teeth is gradual because we lose our teeth in a successive order. Typically, we start by losing the front teeth, and the process concludes several years later with the emergence of our eight permanent molars.
Because this process takes years to complete, it can sometimes cause multiple teeth to erupt from the gums and stand close together or excessively far apart. In some cases, this can cause a diastema or a significant gap between two teeth. Such a gap can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of your child’s bite pattern, as well as the appearance of their smile.
If your son or daughter has a gap between two or more of their permanent teeth, you should consider scheduling an appointment at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA. In many of these cases, Dr. James B. Macomson and his team can address a diastema issue by installing orthodontic braces.
At first, braces help to hold the two gapped teeth together. As your child’s oral structure continues to expand, the orthodontic components can be adjusted and tightened to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that attach the teeth to your gums. This will help ensure that your child’s teeth remain in their proper place after the braces are removed.
If you live in the Gastonia, North Carolina, area, and if your son or daughter has a gap between two or more of their teeth, you should call 704-867-3667 and set up a consultation with our orthodontist at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA.