Differences Between Baby and Adult Teeth: More Than You Think



It’s a cinch that everyone knows children’s teeth are only temporary while adult teeth are here to stay. But there are a lot more differences between those two sets of teeth than that. And no one knows more about those differences and how they affect our development than the orthodontic specialist at Orthodontics, Inc.. We are uniquely qualified to evaluate and correct issues that affect your smile at any age.


First of all, a set of baby teeth only includes 20 teeth, and adults have a permanent set of 32. Those primary teeth, which begin emerging at around six months and start falling out around age five or six, are there to hold the space for those permanent teeth. Our adult teeth are stronger than so-called “milk teeth,” with a thicker layer of protective enamel than their predecessors. The milk teeth, however, boast a whiter, brighter color than the adult versions.


There are differences in the way baby and adult teeth are shaped, too. Baby teeth tend to be square shaped, with incisors that are smaller and have flatter edges than permanent teeth. Adult incisors have more biting edges, preparing them for their task ahead which hopefully will last a lifetime if properly cared for.


No matter your age, there are few things more valuable than a healthy, beautiful smile — a smile that not only looks great, but functions well when you speak, eat and digest meals. And even though baby teeth aren’t permanent, we recommend that your child’s first visit to the orthodontist take place no later than the age of seven. By that time children have a mix of their primary, or baby teeth, and the orthodontist can make sure the teeth and jaw are developing correctly and can catch potential problems early.


The orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. can answer all your questions about how to achieve a radiant smile, no matter your age. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.


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