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  • Joe Wilson

An Orthodontist Can Fix Your Child’s Crossbite

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Orthodontists treat many types of dental conditions, most commonly with the use of braces. One of those conditions is called a crossbite, which is an irregular contact of opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaws. A single upper tooth or a group of upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. Normally, when teeth are aligned properly, the upper teeth are innately wider because they lie on the outside of the bottom teeth.

We at the office of Orthodontics, Inc. utilize a variety of techniques and appliances that are at the forefront of orthodontic care. These improvements extend a multitude of benefits to each patient. Just some of those advantages include less discomfort, fewer dental visits and a shortened overall treatment time.

The two types of crossbites are:

  • Posterior: The upper teeth sit inside the bottom teeth.

  • Anterior: If the front teeth are involved, one or more upper teeth sit behind the bottoms.

(Don’t confuse crossbites with an underbite, which is where all the top teeth are at the rear of the bottom teeth.)

A crossbite can stem from issues such as genetics, baby teeth that fell out behind schedule or permanent teeth that haven’t erupted correctly. Harmful longtime pressure from thumb-sucking or abnormal swallowing can force teeth out of place and also generate a crossbite. A child’s crossbite may indicate a jaw problem that should be dealt with when he or she is young, when the jaws and face are still growing.

Treatment of a crossbite depends on the extent of the problem. Correcting a crossbite may employ a palatal expander, which is a removable or fixed orthodontic appliance that will expand the upper jaw. The palatal expander would be used in conjunction with braces or clear aligners.

At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our highly skilled and knowledgeable orthodontic specialists are at the forefront of new technologies to make your treatment as efficient and effective as possible. Our orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, and they use their proficient skills and extensive experience to give you your best smile. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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