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Your child’s mouth undergoes a period of development that lasts into the teenage years, altering its shape and structure as it expands. Children of an elementary school age also lose their baby teeth and receive their permanent teeth. These many changes in the oral structure can cause your child to develop gapped teeth that require orthodontic correction such as early braces treatment.

Some children develop gapped teeth during their oral structure development as a result of two or more permanent teeth erupting with wide spaces between them. While it’s possible for these spaces to close naturally as the teeth shift during their transitions, cases such as these often result in widely spaced teeth that significantly disrupt the tooth alignment and cause additional oral health complications.

If you have noticed that your child is developing tooth gaps, we invite you to bring your child to see Dr. Joseph Wilson or Dr. Daniel Cowley for an oral examination so that they can determine if a treatment strategy such as braces is necessary to correct the situation. Our orthodontist may recommend that your child receive early orthodontic treatment in the form of braces to alter the tooth positioning. We can adjust the braces periodically to keep them tight and close any tooth gaps over a period of time.

At the completion of treatment, your child may need to wear an orthodontic retainer for a time to maintain the new position of the teeth. This is because the periodontal ligaments may have lingering tension that could shift the teeth if they aren’t stabilized.

We invite you to learn whether your child should receive braces in Farmington, New Mexico, by contacting Orthodontics, Inc. at (505) 325-8858 today and arranging a consultation.