Be wary if you're told your child needs space maintainers. I would strongly suggest that you get a second opinion. I have wasted money and precious time because the spacers would not stay in place. I was open for suggestions or other options of treatment, but was only reminded to avoid gum or eating chewy candy/foods. The dentist didn't tell me directly, but it was insinuated that my child was to blame for eating something or messing with the spacers. Having to pay $60 each time to have it recemented is not something I took lightly, so I made sure to have no gum nor anything else she couldn't have available in the house. I felt judged every time I called to say the spacer had come out. The last straw was after she had both spacers put it on Tuesday afternoon and by the evening one side had come off. It's really too bad because my child had been going to this practice since she was about 3 years old.
Thanks so much for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your trouble with space maintainers. As you know space maintainers are an important part of maintaining and managing the growth and development of your childs dentition when you pull teeth early. You are absolutely right we should have given you different options. Please remember with spacers there aren't too many options. You either do them or not and in your case we apologize for not giving you that option. Not doing spacers when you extract teeth will put the childs teeth at risk of further crowding and loosing space. Yes they may still need braces but you decrease how long the child will be in braces by simply wearing spacers when teeth are pulled early, still you should of had the choice and we understand your frustration.
Spacers are simply glued on, there is nothing much we could of done different. We even made new spacers and you had different doctors cementing it on. This is not a normal issue that we deal with. There are many kids who have spacers and never have any problems. Occasionally we find that some kids can't tolerate spacers and sometimes its not what they ate but habits of tongue or fingers playing with spacers which will loosen them. With this said, we truly apologize for not giving you the option to just remove them. We will miss her. Best of luck. -Management.