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As your child grows toward adulthood, their 20 primary teeth will be replaced by 32 adult teeth. Of course, these teeth come in at different times over the course of years. Sometimes multiple teeth will emerge into a space too small to let each tooth have a healthy, fully functional alignment.

To address problem like this, Dr. John R. Schouten might recommend installing braces at his Springville, Utah, clinic. If a particular tooth is extremely tight or severely out of alignment, he might recommend a tooth extraction. This will provide sufficient space to bring the remaining teeth into their ideal alignment.

Once the braces have been installed, your son or daughter will need to come back every four to six weeks for an adjustment session. Each appointment will apply progressive tension to each tooth. This stretches the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring the teeth in their sockets to move them one step closer to a healthier alignment.

Once all overcrowding and alignment issues have been addressed, the braces can be removed. However, they will still need to wear a retainer to help the adjusted teeth hold their new position. This will ensure that your teeth stay in place while any lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments gradually abates.

If you live in the Springville, Utah, area and your son or daughter is struggling with an overcrowding issue, you should call 801.491.9372 to schedule a braces consultation at Schouten Orthodontics.