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Posted by: Riani | 2004/12/17

Q.

Not enough space for permanent teeth

Hi Doc,

My little girl already has four permanent teeth (bottom jaw) but there is not enough space, so they are uneven and look terrible! I am worried that (because all the permanent teeth would take up more space) all her teeth would grow out like this and that she would need braces to correct the problem.
I'm wondering if removing some of the baby teeth might be an option.

Riani

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

at 4 this is not normally advised. As the child grows, the jaw bones and structures grow and expand as well. Usually it is advisable to wait a until the ages of 5-7 to take any proactive steps. However you could see a dentist to put your mind at ease.

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