What is a Crossbite?
A crossbite is one of the main reasons children require orthodontic treatment. It occurs when the
upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly, either from front to back or side to side, due to a
deviation in the jaw.
If left untreated, a crossbite can lead to a variety of problems, including worn or chipped teeth, jaw pain, and asymmetrical growth of the jaws. Over time, the misaligned bite can also cause difficulties with chewing, speech, breathing, and even thriving.
Correcting a crossbite early can prevent these issues from worsening and reduce the need for more extensive treatment later in life. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the problem.
Cross Bite (Front)
Cross Bite (Back)
Understanding Other Common Bite Problems
An open bite is when the front teeth don’t touch. An open bite is caused by tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking. This is a serious concern as it can wear out all your back molars.
An underbite is when the lower jaw sits forward of the upper jaw. Biting and chewing are more difficult, and problems like TMJ can form.
An overbite is when the top teeth in front overlap the bottom teeth excessively. Patients tend to bite into gum tissue or wear down their front when an overbite is not corrected.
Bite Correction is a Life Changer
Bite correction through orthodontic care can have a transformative impact on a patient’s life. Patients who undergo this treatment often find they can chew and bite more comfortably, speak more clearly, breathe better, and enjoy better health. In addition, the increased confidence that comes with a healthy, beautiful smile can positively impact a patient’s self-esteem and quality of life.
If you or your child could benefit from a correction of your bite, we invite you to schedule a free consultation at our office. Our team will be happy to answer your questions and help you explore your options for achieving a healthier, more beautiful smile.
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