Things You Should Know About Gap Teeth In Your Child

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If your child's permanent teeth have come in and they have gaps between them then you may be worried that this will be permanent, and it may be. However, there may be other reasons for the gaps in their teeth and you can learn about some of the possibilities by reading this article:

Their teeth may not be in all the way

While it may look like their teeth have all come all the way in, they may still have a bit more coming in to complete before they are permanently in place. As their teeth come out of the gums more, they can fill in some or even all of those gaps, proving that you have nothing to worry about and that you were worrying a bit prematurely.

One of their teeth may not have come in yet

If one of your child's teeth didn't come in like it was supposed to, then it will create extra space in their gums that allow their other teeth to come in further apart from one another and create gaps between them. If your child is missing a tooth that didn't develop and come in, there are quite a few options to choose from. Your dentist will go over them with you and there will be many things they will consider when giving you options, such as your child's age, the price, whether or not your child has any medical conditions that cause them to heal slower and more.

Their gums aren't equal to the size of their teeth

In some cases, a person may simply have a larger jaw than the size of their teeth. This means their teeth don't fill out their gums the way they should when they come in. If this is the problem with your child's teeth that is causing their gaps, then the dentist may suggest braces. The braces will pull their teeth together over a period of time to close the gaps. You will need to bring them in periodically to have the braces tightened, so they continue to apply the proper pressure needed to shift the teeth to give them proper spacing.

They may have a gap between their front teeth

If your child only has a gap between their front teeth, then you may be relieved to learn this isn't that uncommon. You may also appreciate learning that something as simple as adding bonding to those affected teeth or putting veneers on them will help to correct the issue.

Contact a local family dentist​ for more information and assistance.