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Crossbite Treatment Options

Posted on 8/22/2022 by SRD Muscle Shoals
Crossbite Treatment OptionsIf you're like most people, you may not get the concept of a crossbite until you or a family member is diagnosed with one. There are two kinds of crossbites, and both can cause jaw discomfort, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), and other concerns, including receding gums and loose teeth. These are unpleasant side effects that no one wants to experience, but the good news is that crossbites are curable. There are crossbite treatment and correction alternatives available.

What is a Crossbite?

A crossbite is an irregular relationship between one or more teeth from one arch and the opposite tooth or teeth from the other arch caused by dental position deviation or aberrant jaw position. In layman's terms, a crossbite occurs when your upper teeth are misaligned in proportion to your lower teeth. Crossbites can be inherited, but they can also be acquired. Crossbites in children can develop due to permanent teeth growing in before all baby teeth have dropped out. If this happens, the new teeth that come in will not develop properly, resulting in misalignment difficulties. The majority of the time, though, crossbites are caused by genetics. If your parents had problems with their bites, they might have passed this on to you.

Your Options for Treatment

Most dentists would agree that the optimal time to treat a crossbite is when a kid or teenager is young. Adults can be treated, but the earlier the crossbite is found and treated, the better. Most crossbites may be corrected by correcting the teeth or jaw with orthodontic procedures and equipment. Removable expanders, braces, maxillary expanders, and surgery are all options. Each situation is unique and needs a review to identify the best line of action. Many orthodontic specialists use a combination of expanders and braces treatment. The expanders work to generate the necessary space between the teeth so that the bites are correctly aligned throughout the mouth. A detachable expander that is only worn at night may be given to adults. Each situation is unique and will necessitate its treatment regimen.
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