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As children grow their developing oral structure allows for the necessary space to accommodate their 32 permanent teeth. Sometimes genetics and abnormalities in their facial bone structure can cause two or more teeth to emerge with significant spacing between them.

Known as a diastema, this condition can affect your essential oral function, and could also lead to possible dental fractures on one or more teeth. If the gapped teeth are in the front of their mouth it could cause your child to feel self-conscious when they smile.  

In a case like this an orthodontist like Dr. John R. Schouten might be able to minimize the gap between the teeth and prevent further complications by installing traditional braces.

Once the orthodontic hardware has been installed your child will need to return to Schouten Orthodontics for regularly scheduled adjustments. Each of these sessions will tighten their braces to bring the gapped teeth closer to each other, while preventing them from turning.

Be sure to encourage your son or daughter to brush their teeth and braces every morning and night, as well as remembering to floss at least once per day. This will help reduce their chances of suffering tooth decay and gum disease complications.

If you live in the Springville, Utah, area and you have an unaddressed gap between two or more of your teeth, you should call 801.491.9372 to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. John R. Schouten.