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What You Need To Know About Crossbite

Crossbite is rather frequent in youngsters, and it seldom corrects itself as they age. Front teeth may be misaligned, rear teeth might be misaligned, or both can be misaligned. If this malocclusion is not addressed promptly, the consequences might be severe. Occlusion refers to the way the teeth come together when the upper and lower jaws contact.

What Causes Crossbite?

When the mouth is closed, a crossbite develops when the upper jaw is too thin and fits inside the lower jaw. Can veneers correct crossbite? Crossbite may manifest itself in a variety of ways, all of which are correctable by an orthodontist. This might make you self-conscious about your grin and make eating more unpleasant. Additionally, it may result in more serious disorders like Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD may wreak havoc on the muscles that regulate jaw movement, resulting in discomfort and jaw joint disorders. Towne View Dental Care will help you identify the root cause of the problem and prevent TMD. 

Types of Crossbite

Crossbite is classified into two forms in dentistry: anterior and posterior. When the front tooth or teeth are positioned within the lower jaw, this is referred to as an anterior crossbite. At the rear of the jaw, posterior crossbite occurs. Crossbite fixed with invisalign treatment has done wonders for people’s smiles. Crossbites to the posterior are more prevalent, occurring in 16% of children, while anterior crossbites occur in around 4% to 5% of children. 

What Issues Do Crossbite Cause?

Crossbite is often caused by hereditary factors in youngsters. It is a genetic disorder that may have been experienced by the father, mother, or direct family members. Crossbite may also be caused by thumb sucking, extended use of a pacifier, nail biting, or delayed primary tooth or teeth loss. Additionally, enlarged tonsils or adenoids may be a factor in the development of this illness. Dr. Roopam Garg can help to identify the cause of your crossbite and suggest what can be done about it.


When your bite is misaligned, you are more prone to have dental difficulties, bruxism, health problems, open bite malocclusion, and psychological disorders. Misaligned biting may result in tooth decay and gum disease, as well as tension on the jaw muscles, which can eventually result in chronic jaw disorders, neck, shoulder, and back discomfort.

Early identification and therapy of this issue are critical because they allow for the recognition and cessation of the habit, hence preventing future dental and skeletal complications. Because no medicine can cure this issue, if left untreated until it worsens, it will need orthognathic surgery (one of a variety of medical specialties) to rectify. More about tongue thrust.

How To Treat Crossbite Teeth

Correcting this sort of malocclusion is most effective when the patient is a child or adolescent. Adults may get therapy, although the recovery period is lengthier than it is for younger individuals. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the medical practitioner must ensure that sufficient room exists for the tooth to move in crossbite and that the bite may be opened to permit movement. Additionally, the patient must wear an orthodontic device to treat the issue.

Maxillary Expander

On the palate, the orthodontist implants a device on the top teeth. By using a particular key on the gadget, the device progressively opens the upper palate. This gadget is especially useful in youngsters who have not yet developed their palates.

Removable Expander

This is a gadget that individuals use to gradually broaden the upper palate. Typically, it is worn nightly until the desired effect is attained.

Braces Treatment

Braces are a long-term treatment for all types of bite abnormalities, not only crossbite. Dental braces are utilized as equipment to fix the teeth and jaw alignment during this therapy. After braces treatment is completed, a retainer (orthodontics) is used to maintain the corrected position of the teeth.

Surgical Method

After the patient wears a custom-made gadget, the surgeon will purposely shatter the jaw bones in multiple locations. Surgery enables a greater expansion than may be achieved with palate expanders.

Crossbite Vs Underbite

When you shut your mouth, a crossbite occurs when your teeth are not correctly aligned. Typically, the teeth are broader and sit on the outside of the bottom teeth in a crossbite. Schedule an appointment.

Underbite is a kind of malocclusion in which the lower teeth extend more away from the top teeth than the upper teeth. This often develops in a Class III malocclusion, or misalignment of the jaw. Learn more about overbite treatment.

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