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Toothy Questions: What is a Crossbite?

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All medical fields come with a range of jargon and technical terms. Orthodontics is no exception to this. If you’re new to it, it can sometimes be tricky to get your head around some of the new terms you’re likely to hear.

One of those terms is ‘crossbite’. A crossbite is a type of malocclusion which affects a small number of people.

What exactly is a crossbite?

A crossbite is a type of oral misalignment. This means that when a person bites their teeth together they do not line up. In a crossbite, one or more teeth stick out towards the lips or in towards the tongue instead of being in alignment with the teeth around them.

Why is this a problem?

If you or your child is diagnosed with a crossbite, it’s highly recommended that you look at treatment options to address it. Untreated crossbites can lead to problems later in life including uneven jaw development, wear on gums and teeth, facial asymmetry and temporomandibular joint disorder.

What can be done about it?

When a child has a crossbite, most orthodontists will want to begin treatment earlier than they would for other types of malocclusion. Talk about teeth realignment treatment is likely to begin as soon as the issue is noticed and diagnosed. In some cases this is as early as three or four years of age, though it’s more usual for treatment to begin after the child’s sixth year molars have come through.

Treatment may involve braces, retainers, expanders, dental facemasks, clear aligners or a mixture of these tools. The aim will be to slowly and gently adjust the spread of the child’s teeth in order to ensure their bite pattern is the same on each side.

Who can you get advice from?

It’s always daunting when you find out that orthodontic treatment may be required for yourself or your child, but it can be even more so when that discovery comes earlier than you were expecting. If you are looking at a crossbite diagnosis, you may wish to get advice from a number of specialist orthodontists before you make any decisions regarding treatment.

Our professionals have a great deal of experience and expertise and are always on hand to help. Why not book an appointment to come in and talk to us?