Can you help me? I am 16 years old. I’m with a new foster family who wants to help me with my dental care and we’re trying to figure out what to do. I asked my foster mom if I could research. She agreed so I thought I’d start here. I have both baby teeth and adult teeth but my adult teeth all came in behind my baby teeth. It’s been like this for a long time and it is very embarrassing. Is there a good way to fix this?
I am glad to hear you have a foster mom that is being proactive with your oral health care. I’m sorry you had to wait this long for it to happen. Had you been under the care of a good pediatric dentist this would not have happened to you. The good news is all of this is repairable.
The first thing they’ll want to do is extract all of your baby teeth. I know you had no control over this, but for the sake of parents out there reading this, I want to discuss what to do when you have adult teeth ready to erupt when the baby teeth are not coming loose.
The best thing to do in that case is to simply extract them, as I am suggesting to you. However, sometimes you have retained baby teeth when there is no adult tooth to come in. This is called a cogenitally missing tooth. In that case, there is a different plan of attack.
In that case, there are two scenarios. If it a molar or premolar. It is helpful to maintain those as long as possible and then when they finally fall out, you can replace them with a dental implant.
If they are not molars, we usually will extract the baby teeth and separate them with orthodontics in order to make the appropriate space. Then, depending on your age, you can replace it with a dental flipper (which is removable and inexpensive). Then, when your jaw is fully developed replace those with a dental implant as well.
Once Your Baby Teeth are Extracted
Now, back to your case. Once you have your baby teeth removed you will want to straighten the adult teeth. You sound like a very responsible young woman. With teens like yourself, I tend to recommend Invisalign teen. It can straighten your teeth comfortably and invisibly. It is removable so it requires patient compliance. I don’t think that will be a problem for you.
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