What is a crossbite?

A crossbite is when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. One or more of the upper teeth biting on the inside of the lower teeth characterizes a crossbite.

What causes a crossbite?

The condition is usually genetic, but can often also be caused by an unusual development of the teeth or jaws.

Prolonged thumb sucking or severe tongue thrusting, which deforms the palate and causes the teeth to grow crooked, resulting in a cross bite condition.

What problems can a crossbite cause?

This condition is not self correcting. The alignment will never correct itself without intervention. The sooner the condition is corrected, the less difficult the treatment is.

If the crossbite is not corrected in time, it will lead to an imbalanced growth of the jaws. One jaw will invariably grow larger, leading to a worsening of the situation and many other associated troubles including problems with chewing and/or swallowing. Nasal passages could also be affected which could cause airway problems.

How do you treat a crossbite problem?

Treatment often consists of a process of expansion of the jaw bones. This is best done before the facial bones fuse. In females this happens by the age of sixteen and with males, it occurs close to the age of nineteen.

Early treatment before the expansion of the bones is likely to be easier on the patient and also yield better results in less time.

Unlike many other dental conditions, a cross bite has implications that go beyond mere cosmetic issues. Dentists and Orthodontists recommend to get the condition corrected as early as possible.

For more information about crossbite treatments, please contact our office.