Preventative treatment is one of the most important facets in orthodontic healthcare. There are many health issues that can affect your child's mouth including overbites, protruding front teeth, crowding and underbite​s. Another issue that may not seem as serious, but can have an adverse affect on overall oral health all the same, is spacing. 

Spacing between teeth, also known as diastema​, most often occurs between the two upper front teeth but  can happen anywhere in the mouth. A mismatch in size between the jawbones and the overall size of teeth can cause spacing, as well as missing teeth and an oversized labial frenum, a piece of tissue located in the mouth. Other causes include lifestyle habits such as thumbsucking and incorrect swallowing reflexes. 

Not all spaces between the teeth can be prevented, especially those caused by jaw and teeth sizing. Other gaps caused by tongue movements or periodontal disease will only get larger with time.

Maintaining strong and healthy gums health is essential, as well as regular flossing and brushing. This helps prevent periodontal disease and related bone loss, which can lead to spacing in some patients. 

If your child suffers from teeth spacing, there is treatment available. Some patients are outfitted with braces, which move the teeth together over time. Since moving teeth affects the entire mouth, braces are often necessary on the bottom and top rows. Other patients choose to make their lateral incisors bigger with crowns or veneers to close the gap. 

Taking action early on in your child's life is a great way to help with spacing and other orthodontic health issues. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC today for a comprehensive checkup of your child's teeth, jaws and gum health. Visit our website for more information.