Straighten Your Smile
Space maintainers are an orthodontic treatment required for kids who have lost a baby tooth prematurely. As the name suggests, these are small metal or plastic devices that are placed in the gap where their missing tooth used to be.
Space maintainers help maintain the gap between their teeth. Without a space maintainer, the surrounding teeth may move toward this gap which can interfere with the eruption of your child’s adult teeth. By getting a space maintainer, we can avoid oral development complications and keep your child’s mouth healthy after they lose a baby tooth early.
In some cases, a child’s adult teeth will not erupt fully, or may not erupt at all. This is the most common with the upper canines. Up to 3.5% of kids will have a canine that does not erupt fully. Surgery is required to expose these teeth.
In most cases, braces and a special chain are used to pull the tooth down and move it into the proper position. At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we use the latest technology, techniques, and sedation to perform this surgery quickly and efficiently, and with no pain or discomfort.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. It uses a series of aligners or trays that look similar to a retainer or a nightguard. Each set of aligners is designed to shift your teeth slightly when worn.
Over time, Invisalign gently moves the teeth and jaw position to correct minor-to-moderate orthodontic problems. The aligners are completely invisible when worn, so this is a very popular treatment with adults who may wish to avoid getting braces.
Typically, each aligner is worn for 20-22 hours per day for two weeks, and most people can complete Invisalign treatment in about a year. This may vary depending on your situation, though. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, contact Tuttle Family Dentistry online right away.