We recently blogged about different types of bites, today we’re going to focus specifically on the crossbite.
WHAT IS A CROSSBITE?
A crossbite is generally a heredity problem when the teeth are incorrectly aligned due to the upper and lower jaw becoming unaligned. In basic terms when the teeth are bitten together the top teeth will be on the inside of the bottom teeth. Although there are other ways cross bites can come along such as careless chewing habits, thumb sucking and a delayed loss of baby teeth or irregular grown of new teeth.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS IF A CROSSBITE IS LEFT UNTREATED?
If a crossbite is left untreated it can lead to many problems in the long run such as problems when chewing or swallowing, a painful jaw, imbalanced growth of the jaw, the nasal passages could be affected or the jaw may not function properly. We advise getting a crossbite treated in younger years but as with many other dental treatments it can be fixed at any age.
HOW IS A CROSSBITE TREATED?
The treatment of a crossbite will depend on the severity of the condition, however, there are a number of treatments that can fix a cross-bite. Traditional metal braces or a more discreet option such as invisalign braces can be used to correct a cross-bite problem and in some extremely severe cases oral surgery is used.