I’m 16 years old and have three baby teeth still. The adult teeth are there, but grew in sort of behind the baby teeth. Is there any way for me to fix this?
I am sorry you are even having to deal with this. I don’t understand why your pediatric dentist didn’t deal with this years ago. Here is what should have been done for the benefit of any parents out there reading. If your child has baby teeth that are not coming loose with adult teeth ready to erupt, the thing to do is have the baby teeth removed. This opens up the space so your child’s teeth can properly come in at their correct positions.
For you, Cassie, you’ll have to take a two-step process. First, the baby teeth will need to be extracted. That won’t be difficult because they should hardly have any roots left. However, if you’re worried, I would see a family dentist who offers dental sedation. This can give you an anxiety-free appointment.
After the teeth are erupted, I would first see an Invisalign Dentist to see if your case will qualify for that treatment. Invisalign allows patients to straighten their teeth without anyone even knowing because they use clear aligners.
If Invisalign is not an option for you, then you will have to go the traditional braces route. Either way, you will have a nice, straight smile in the end.
What if there are not adult teeth?
There are cases where a patient has congenitally missing adult teeth. That means while most of his or her adult teeth come in, there are some that just aren’t there. In that case, you would still do something like Invisalign or braces to open up the spot for a full-sized tooth. Then, when you are older and your jaw is fully developed you can replace the missing teeth with dental implants. In the meantime, after the orthodontics, you can use a dental flipper to keep the space open.
I hope this helps and, again, I’m sorry your childhood dentist did not help you prevent the situation to begin with.
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