As your child grows up their 20 primary teeth are gradually replaced by the complement of 32 permanent teeth that will need to serve them throughout their natural life. Since the teeth are replaced in a gradual succession, it is possible for gaps and overcrowding issues to develop between two or more teeth.
Gaps, which are also known as diastema, are more common with the two bicuspids in the upper front of the mouth. However, it is possible for a diastema to appear between any of their teeth. This could be related to genetics or the premature loss of a primary tooth.
If the gap between two or more teeth is significant it could also increase their chances of suffering tooth enamel attrition problems. Some of these cases can even lead to significant dental fractures.
In a situation like this, you should consider scheduling a consultation at James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC’s orthodontic clinic. In many of these cases, Dr. James Karhohs and his team can address a diastema issue by installing orthodontic braces.
Through the course of regularly scheduled adjustments, the gap between your child’s teeth can be corrected, allowing them to enjoy a more appealing smile and better-functioning mouth in adulthood.
If you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area and your child has a gap between two or more of their teeth, you should consider scheduling a braces consultation at James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC’s orthodontic clinic.