Correcting a Crossbite
There are two main types of crossbite, both of which can lead to jaw pain and other issues. Nobody wants to deal with this, but thankfully, there are treatments available to help. Here’s a quick look at what a crossbite is and how to correct it.
What’s a Crossbite?
This is an abnormal relation between one or more teeth of an arch to the opposing tooth or teeth in another arch. This happens as a result of a tooth deviating from its position or just abnormal jaw placement.
They can be hereditary or situational. Crossbites happen in children when the permanent teeth arrive before all the baby teeth are gone.
Anterior vs. Posterior
Anterior crossbites is a lot like an underbite when the top front teeth fall behind the lower front teeth during biting. A posterior crossbite is when the upper teeth fall inside the lower teeth on one side during biting.
Untreated crossbites can lead to various issues. These include:
• Cosmetic concerns
• Receding gum line
• Jaw pain
• Loss of teeth
• Lack of nutrition due to difficulty eating
• Self-esteem issues
It is important to seek treatment as early as possible to avoid any unnecessary results.
The best time to correct a crossbite issue is when you are a child or teenager. There are other treatments available for adults as well. Usually, orthodontic treatment will be required to remedy the alignment concerns.
Here’s a short list of possible treatments:
• Removable expander
• Maxillary expander
While this isn’t an extensive list, these four treatments are the most commonly used. Expanders work by creating additional space between teeth to align them throughout the mouth. For adults, a removable option can be used during the nighttime hours. The sooner treatment is sought, the easier it should be to correct the problem.
If you are concerned that you might be suffering from a crossbite, make an appointment to see the dentist. After a thorough exam, the two of you will be able to research the various treatment options and discuss a plan that works best for you. Then, you can avoid all the complications that come with having an untreated crossbite.