What Is A Crossbite?



A crossbite is a form of malocclusion or misalignment of teeth, wherein the upper teeth fit inside of lower teeth. There are two types of crossbite:


Anterior Crossbite – an anterior crossbite occurs when the front bottom teeth stick out further than the front top teeth.


Posterior Crossbite – here, the top back teeth sit inside the bottom back teeth. Posterior crossbite may occur on only one side of the mouth, or in some cases, on both sides.


What causes crossbite?


Various factors can cause crossbite, such as genetics, delayed loss of baby teeth, thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, prolonged use of a pacifier, growing adult teeth, or breathing through the mouth long-term.


How to treat crossbites?


Fear not, crossbites can be treated with orthodontic intervention.


Crossbites can be treated by using braces, Invisalign clear aligners, or in more severe cases, your orthodontist may recommend a dental expansion procedure in combination with braces or clear aligners, or jaw surgery.


Keep in mind that early detection is key. If a crossbite is not corrected during early childhood, other dental conditions and jaw issues will most likely develop in adulthood. Although there are still treatment options for adults, the choices are already limited since the jaw and teeth have fully developed.


A skilled and experienced orthodontic specialist knows which method is best for you. When you choose Orthodontics, Inc., you can rest assured that your smile is in good hands!


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