If your little one's teeth have begun to fall out, and their permanent replacements appear to be lagging far behind, you may wish to consider a space maintainer to minimize future orthodontic work. Believe it or not, the absence of your child's teeth might seem cute now, but those tiny little gaps can cause deep gouges in your pocketbook as you watch them fill up with teeth that don't belong there. Space maintainers are simple to use, kids get along fine with them, and they have become the de-facto standard for protecting the cosmetic and functional aspects of your growing child's mouth.
Why Your Child Might Need a Space Maintainer
When a child's tooth is lost early due to trauma, tooth decay, or nature's insistence that it drop out before its permanent replacement is due, a space maintainer can be used to hold back the natural inclination of teeth to move for...
It's often very tempting as parents to step in and help your child lose that loose baby tooth. Some may try string and a slamming door, or some have even tried a string and fancy rocketry to help pull those loose teeth. We would recommend the old tried and proven technology called the "kid wiggle" method. ; )
Most loose baby tooth are easily taken by a persistent wiggle by your child. Yes, there are those rare teeth that may be too crowded by their neighbors and your dentist may be needed to help remove these, but the majority of children have very good success removing their own baby teeth by a persistent wiggle.