What Is A Space Maintainer?
There are a few different types of space maintainers, but fixed metal space maintainers are usually the best for most kids. This type of space maintainer uses two bands that wrap around your child’s healthy teeth. Two metal wires connect these bands, holding your child’s teeth in place and maintaining the gap in their smile.
How Do Space Maintainers Work?
Replaces the missing tooth
While baby teeth are meant to fall out naturally, some kids may lose them early, and this can cause issues with oral development. A space maintainer works by filling up the space where your child has lost a baby tooth prematurely.
Prevents teeth shifting
When your child loses a tooth too early, the nearby teeth may start to shift toward the empty space in their smile. This can interfere with the development of adult teeth, and cause misalignments in their smile, too.
Allows adult tooth eruption
With a space maintainer in place, the proper gap is maintained in your child’s smile, which means that their future adult tooth can erupt without issues and take the place of their missing baby tooth.