Children’s mouths can change a lot over a small time frame. Old teeth fall out. New teeth grow in. Alignment shifts. Their body grows.
While we start seeing children in our office as young as 7, treatment age varies greatly.
But what happens when baby teeth (or primary teeth) don’t all fall out? It’s more common than you might think. Before you decide what to do about it, you need to understand why it’s happening.
Retained Baby Teeth
A retained baby tooth generally happens when the corresponding permanent tooth is missing or fails to erupt. In some cases, the primary tooth may be fused to the bone, preventing the permanent tooth from taking its place.
This can be a problem because baby teeth are not meant to last. They’re smaller and always line up with the permanent teeth around them. Also, if they’re preventing a permanent tooth from growing in, there may be problems happening beneath the surface.
On the other hand, if the permanent tooth is missing and the primary tooth looks fine in terms of size, alignment, and position, it can be left as.
Baby Teeth and Braces
If you’re an adult looking to improve your teeth alignment, but you have retained baby teeth, you might not be sure where to start. The best place to start is with a consultation. Orthodontists are able to examine your mouth, perform x-rays, discuss your goals, and help you determine the best course of action for you.
The end goal is for you to achieve your best, healthiest smile.
Sometimes, they may involve removal or modification of a baby tooth before braces or Invisalign can be fitted. Other times, the tooth may be fine just the way it is.
The only way to find out is to schedule your consultation. For Prior Lake or Lakeville orthodontist services, contact Cosmopolitan Orthodontist today.