• PIMM Wix Team

It’s Best To Treat Crossbites When Children Are Young

A stitch in time saves nine. That adage means that it’s better to fix a problem when it’s small than to wait until it becomes a bigger problem. When it comes to a child and orthodontics, it means to see an orthodontist by the time she (or he) is 7 years old. Early visits to correct a crossbite could help ward off future, more involved treatments.

When your child needs orthodontic treatment, Ortho Inc. provides the highest quality of service. Whether he or she needs a minor amount of work or a major adjustment, know that he or she will be in the hands of caring and compassionate experts.

Crossbites are when baby or adult teeth are misaligned with each other or the jawbone. They can affect one tooth or clusters of teeth. If not corrected, the jaw could shift to one side, tooth enamel could wear down or the jaw could develop asymmetrically.

With a posterior crossbite of the back teeth, the upper teeth are to the inside of the bottom teeth.

An anterior crossbite is when the front teeth are behind the bottom teeth.

With underbites, the lower jaw is in front of the upper jaw.

Anterior open bites form when the back teeth are together, and the lower and upper front teeth don’t overlap. Excessive sucking, tongue thrusting or mouth breathing can be the cause.

With posterior open bites, the front teeth meet but the back ones don’t. The results of these conditions can include speech problems, swallowing issues and the tongue’s pushing through teeth during swallowing.

When a deep bite is closed, the upper front teeth cover too much of the bottom teeth. The results can be that upper teeth bite into lower gums, lower teeth bite into the roof of the mouth, enamel erosion and gum disease.

Getting your child to the orthodontist by age 7 allows her to receive optimum treatment. The office of Ortho Inc. loves transforming our patients’ smiles into ones they’re proud to show off. We would love to do the same for your child. Feel free to make an appointment with us.