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As your child’s twenty primary teeth are replaced by their thirty-two permanent teeth, it is possible for overcrowding issues to arise. This is even more likely to occur if they had one or more primary teeth extracted to treat a severe tooth decay issue. Beyond the cosmetic impact to their smile, teeth suffering from overcrowding issues are also more prone to chips and fractures.

One of the best ways for the orthodontist, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla, to correct a problem like this is to install braces onto your child’s teeth. Standard wire-and-bracket braces are the most common style of braces. Through the course of regular adjustment appointments, progressive tension is applied to each tooth. This stretches the periodontal ligaments anchoring the teeth in their sockets, moving them one step closer to a healthier alignment.

In some extreme cases, one or two teeth might need to be extracted to free up sufficient space to realign the other teeth. In a situation like this, your orthodontist will provide you with the necessary aftercare instructions to ensure your child has a speedy recovery.

After their teeth have achieved their ideal alignment, your child will need to wear a retainer to help their teeth hold their new positions. This is a necessary step to keep the lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments from causing relapse in the teeth.

If your son or daughter is struggling with overcrowding issues with their permanent teeth, you should call 360 Orthodontics at 440-243-9575 to have them fitted for braces in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.