Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are not aligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause wear and tear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.
HOW IS CROSSBITE DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is done by an orthodontist who will perform a physical examination to detect the problem. The specialist may recommend an X-ray for further diagnosis.
HOW IS CROSSBITE TREATED?
The treatment includes using braces to correct the single or many teeth that are causing the negative overjet. This is a permanent solution that will require the patient to wear metal braces with periodical tightening over a period of a few years, depending on the severity of the condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children whose baby teeth don’t fallout in a timely fashion may also develop crossbite.