Space Maintainers in Santa Ana, CA

Space maintainers, or spacers, are orthodontic tools that keep teeth from shifting during childhood. Spacers are beneficial for patients who have lost a tooth prematurely and need time to allow the adult tooth to come in. At South Coast Pediatric Dentistry in Santa Ana, CA, we utilize space maintainers to prevent misalignment as your child’s jaw grows and develops. Spacers are often made from metal or plastic, and although they are detachable, they can be held firmly in place with dental adhesive. Dr. Kent N. Do and his team are proud to offer space maintainers to help your child’s teeth to grow in properly and reduce possible jaw issues in the future. If your child has missing baby teeth, contact our office to learn more about spacers and how they can benefit your child’s oral wellness.

When you and your child come to our Santa Ana, CA practice for space maintainers, we will begin by taking digital x-rays and 3D scans of your child’s mouth and jaw. These images will help Dr. Kent and his team to create a completely custom spacer to meet your child’s needs. Once the space maintainer is complete, it will be placed into your child’s mouth and assessed to ensure that it fits comfortably and doesn’t hinder your child’s ability to speak or eat.

Spacers at South Coast Pediatric Dentistry can play an essential role in the proper development of your child’s permanent teeth. Space maintainers offer a wide range of benefits for our Santa Ana, CA patients, such as:

  • Keeps neighboring teeth in their proper position
  • Provides proper spacing for permanent teeth to come in
  • Lessens future need for orthodontic treatment or braces
  • Practically pain-free
  • Fixed or removable options are available to meet your child's unique needs

The best pediatric dentist in Orange County.Dr.Ken is very patient with my kid Front desk staff is amazing, are definitely always so welcoming. My kids love how the dental assistant always provides gentle care and Is always educational.My kids always happy she she leave:)

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Eleyni finally came back. "I really want to go to my dentist appointment already" that her every other day after I set up her appointment. Eleyni loves sharing about herself to the doctor and staff. They always know how to get her ready and excited for her adventures. She has Legos! Guess where she is off to. Thank you all her teeth are amazing and im so proud. Now that she will be 6 we have to wait longer for our appointment. I don’t think we can wait until next year. We will come visit soon!

M.M. Yelp

Recommended and always a good deal. My little ones love going to the dentist

E.R. Google

Recommended and always good treatment. My little ones love going to the dentist

E.R. Google

Highly recommend. Great pediatric dentist! Professional and polite staff. Good service. Usually no wait. The doctor always provides with useful information. Kids get free toothbrushes, toothpaste and toys.

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If your child has a missing baby tooth and the permanent tooth is not quite ready to erupt, space maintainers at South Coast Pediatric Dentistry can help maintain the positioning of adjacent teeth and prevent misalignment. Dr. Kent and his team want to help you avoid the expensive dental issues that can arise from misaligned teeth with custom space maintainers. Contact our Santa Ana, CA office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent to learn how spacers can help keep your child’s smile straight and beautiful.

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