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So, ummmm, do they?

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I don't think so.

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Lord, I hope not. My son has teeth like Spongebob.
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Maybe, maybe not. DId you have crooked teeth? Because the farther apart the baby teeth are the more room the permanent teeth have to grow in.

My son has teeth just like my husband and I both have. Although I have had braces. I asked my friend (dentist) what she thought. Don't worry about it until they are around 7. That is when they may need to have an ortho evaluation, if you have concerns. Not necessarily starting braces that young or anything, but just to take a proactive approach.

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My adult teeth in the front (all 8) came in before my baby teeth fell out, and I ended up with braces. As far as I can remember, though, my baby teeth were straight. DS's are coming in perfectly straight as well, although there is very little space between them.

My question is about the toddler that I do childcare for. His bottom front teeth seem really crooked to me. They are not crowded, just turned a bit. Hopefully his adult teeth will all come in straight. Just thought I would ask here to see if anyone knew if there was a corelation.

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All of my DC's bottom teeth have been quite crooked when they came in - sort of twisted like you described. The baby teeth themselves seemed to straighten out. DD1's permanent teeth on the bottom are straight - we'll see how they stay when her other permanent teeth come in.

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I think it just depends on heredity, mouth structure, etc. My sister had straight baby teeth, crooked adult teeth. I had straight baby teeth and relatively straight adult teeth.

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I dont' think so.
My DD has had lovely baby teeth, but her permanents are coming in all funky, I am hoping it is just because she is small and they will straighten as she gets older like mine did. She got her baby teeth early, @4 months, and she started getting her permanents at 5. She is the envy of all her little friends, who are 7 and haven't lost any teeth yet.

I am so hoping to avoid the whole head gear thing that DH and all his sibs had.

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Supposedly, extended breastfeeding can help widen the palate so teeth have more room.
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Supposedly, extended breastfeeding can help widen the palate so teeth have more room.
This is good to know. We are still going strong bf'ing with no end in sight. I am planning on CLW all the way. :

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Supposedly, extended breastfeeding can help widen the palate so teeth have more room.

That is very interesting, I've never heard of it. I opened this thread not because my DD has crooked teeth, but because they are all really widely spaced. I wondered if that is a good thing, meaning her adult teeth will be straight and not crowded or if she will have some big gaps.
As far as heredity, there is a big spectrum. DH and his family all have really, really crooked and crowded teeth, almost all requiring orthodontics. My dad had a large gap in his front teeth (fixed with dental work) and my brother has a small one between the front teeth. I have really straight teeth and have never had any work done.

Probably all I can do is wait and see, huh?

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