Space Maintainers

The journey to a healthy and confident smile begins at a young age, and sometimes, children may encounter dental challenges that require extra care. Space maintainers are a crucial tool in pediatric dentistry, playing a vital role in preserving the proper alignment of teeth and promoting optimal dental development.  

At Bright Smiles 4 Kids of Bala, we offer space maintainers, an appliance placed in the mouth after a baby tooth is lost prematurely or extracted due to decay. Baby teeth are important because they hold space for the adult teeth to come in properly. When a baby tooth is lost early, the space maintainer prevents other teeth from shifting into the space and crowding the permanent tooth. The space maintainer holds this space open until the adult tooth is ready to erupt.

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Types of Space Maintainers

There are two types of space maintainers: removable and fixed. The child or parent can remove removable space maintainers for cleaning. Fixed space maintainers can only be removed by a dentist. Both types of space maintainers can effectively prevent future orthodontic problems. If our dentist recommends a space maintainer for your child, it is essential to follow her instructions carefully. The space maintainer must be worn until the adult tooth erupts or the orthodontist determines it is ready to be removed.

The Benefits of Space Maintainers

Maintaining Proper Dental Alignment

One of the primary advantages of space maintainers is their ability to preserve the natural alignment of teeth. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely, space maintainers hold the neighboring teeth in their proper positions, ensuring enough space for the permanent teeth to emerge correctly.

Early Intervention for Future Orthodontic Health

Addressing spacing issues early with space maintainers can prevent more extensive orthodontic treatments in the future. By preserving the spaces and guiding the eruption of permanent teeth, children are less likely to experience overcrowding, crossbites, or other orthodontic problems that may require braces or other corrective measures later in life.

Facilitating Proper Speech and Chewing Function

Premature loss of baby teeth can impact a child's ability to speak and chew properly. Space maintainers help maintain the appropriate gaps between teeth, enabling clear speech and effective chewing function. This is especially crucial during childhood, as these developmental years play a vital role in shaping a child's speech patterns and eating habits.

By preserving space after the premature loss of a baby tooth, space maintainers prevent alignment issues and potential orthodontic problems, ultimately promoting long-term dental health and a lifetime of beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about space maintainers, contact Bright Smiles 4 Kids of Bala at 141 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, or call (610) 664-7244.


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141 Montgomery Ave,
Bala Cynwyd, PA, PA, 19004


Phone: (610) 664-7244

Working Hours

MON9:00 am - 5:00 pm

TUE9:00 am - 6:00 pm

WED9:00 am - 5:00 pm

THU8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FRI8:00 am - 2:30 pm

SAT - SUNClosed