Spaces between Baby Teeth

As mentioned before, baby teeth are lovely, ivory white and aligned well with no spaces between them before the age of 4.  After that, spaces gradually make appearance, which is less attractive. But it is an important step for the future.

Alex is 5.5 years old.  He develops a little quicker and out of ordinary.  Usually buttom tooth substitution (change from baby to adult teeth) happen earlier than top.  However, one of Alex's upper adult front teeth appears first (Fig.1: 1, central incisor).  How big (wide) it is as compared to its neighbor (A: baby central incisor)!  A baby tooth is just taken out (*).  If spaces were not created earlier, this adult tooth might not come out so easily.  There is even space between this adult tooth and its neighbor on the other side (B: baby lateral incisor).  Needless to mention, there is plenty of spaces between lower baby teeth.  It seems likely that Alex's transition from baby teeth to adult ones will be smooth.  We will see you for update later.

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Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 11/24/2011, last revision 07/17/2016