How will a removable space maintainer effect how my child's teeth look?

A dental space maintainer should not affect the appearance of your child's teeth while he or she is wearing the device.  A removable space maintainer may include and artificial tooth, which can help improve your child's smile by filling an empty gap.

A dental space maintainer can certainly affect the appearance of your child's teeth in the future. Keeping a space open for a permanent tooth will offer that tooth a better chance of coming in straight. This can spare your child from having crooked teeth and needing extensive orthodontic work in the future.

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