What are space maintainers made of?

A space maintainer, which a device that keeps a space open where a baby tooth has fallen out too soon, is made of plastic or metal after an impression is made of your teeth. The maintainer itself is anchored by the closest teeth and is usually cemented in place close to the gum line. Some space maintainers are removable for easy cleaning. But removable ones may also be lost. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about what kind of space maintainer is best for you or your child.

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