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Genetics and oral development issues can sometimes cause two or more of your child’s permanent teeth to develop close together. Sometimes this tight spacing can cause multiple teeth to deviate from their ideal alignment.

If an issue like this goes unaddressed it can leave your son or daughter with an unappealing smile as well as teeth that are increasingly prone to suffering chips and fractured tooth enamel.

If you have noticed overcrowding or other alignment issues with your child’s teeth, it’s best to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist like Dr. Karson Kupiec. After a comprehensive examination he will present you with the most effective method for correcting an alignment problem, which might call for installing traditional braces onto their teeth.

Some patients with a significant overcrowding problem might need a single tooth extracted to provide the sufficient space for the adjacent teeth to be corrected. If so, your child’s dentist will extract the tooth to make way for their braces. After the extraction, they will provide you with any necessary prescriptions for anti-inflammatory or pain medication. Additional recovery instructions will be covered to ensure that their gums heal quickly.

Once the braces have been installed in their mouth, your child will need to return to Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for regularly scheduled adjustments. Each of these sessions will essentially tighten the orthodontic components to gradually alter the alignment of their teeth.

If you are in the Rancho Santa Fe, California, area and you are concerned about the alignment of your child’s teeth, we invite you to call 858-255-7800 to set up a braces consultation at Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry.