Space Maintainers and Appliances

Dentists recommend that parents take their children in for their first dentist appointment between the ages of 1 and 2. This is when the pediatric dentist can start to develop a relationship with the child and track their dental development. One of the most important things that dentists will look for during these appointments is whether or not the child needs space maintainers or appliances. Let's discuss what space maintainers and appliances are, and how they can help keep your smile healthy!

Space maintainers are devices that are used to hold the space in a child’s mouth open after a baby tooth has fallen out. They are custom-made by the dentist to fit your child’s mouth and teeth, and they can be removable or fixed (cemented) in place. Appliances, on the other hand, are devices that are used to treat more complex dental issues. These can include things like overbites, underbites, and crossed teeth.

Space maintainers and appliances are important because they help to ensure that the permanent teeth come in properly aligned. This is important for both function and aesthetics! If you have any questions about whether or not your child may need space maintainers or appliances , be sure to ask their pediatric dentist. They will be more than happy to help you ensure that your child has a healthy and beautiful smile!

We hope this article was helpful in explaining the difference between space maintainers and appliances. If you have any further questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, talk to us We are always happy to help!