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Question:
My daughter is 6 yrs old and on her 1st trip to the dentist he took xrays and said that she will most likely need braces. I have heard that early extraction of the baby teeth would prevent braces is this true?

Answer:
During the examination, you can tell if the patient will have space deficiencies and with the use of radiographs, this will confrim your diagnosis.

There are treatments that we can do to help with this problem by extracting (removing) primary (baby) teeth early to allow room for the permanent teeth to erupt and by placing a space maintainer to maintain the necessary space for these teeth to erupt into.

By taking these teeth out, this does not prevent the need for orthodontics/braces. All this is doing is allowing the permanent teeth a place to go into. If your daughter is crowded, orthodontics is most likely in your future.

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