If you have a crossbite, orthodontics can be used to correct the bite. Before you proceed, you need to learn more about a crossbite so you can see why orthodontics is a preferred solution.
What Is a Crossbite?
When most people think of orthodontic treatment, they think of straightening the teeth. However, if you have a crossbite, that is not how we correct the bite. This bite is a misaligned bite or one where some of the upper teeth sit inside the lower back teeth (posterior crossbite) or lower front teeth (anterior crossbite). While this type of bite may look similar to an under-bite, the two are not the same. A crossbite affects some teeth, while an underbite affects the entire lower jaw.
How a Crossbite Develops
A crossbite may result from genetics, the delayed loss of the baby teeth, an abnormal eruption of the adult teeth, mouth breathing, sucking on a pacifier, or finger sucking. If a cross bite develops, the only way it can be treated is with orthodontics. It cannot resolve itself over time.
How a Crossbite Is Treated
We may treat a crossbite in one of various ways. For example, we may use a palate expander so that the teeth will move out of misalignment. Often braces are used with a palate expander and elastics to improve the bite. For mild crossbite cases, we may use a therapy, such as Invisalign, or if the crossbite is severe, we may, in rare instances, combine orthodontic treatment with surgery. You should have the condition treated, as it can cause jaw and tooth pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, tooth decay, recurring headaches, uneven jaw growth, and troubles with speech. Some sleep apnea patients may also have a crossbite, which worsens the condition. Do you have problems with jaw pain or misalignment? If so, we are here to help. Give us a call today to arrange an appointment for an exam and consultation.