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Crossbite is a dental condition when the upper and the lower jaws are misaligned causing the corresponding teeth to misalign as well. In other terms, the teeth on the upper jaw tend to bite into the lower teeth causing increased wear and tear. In this condition, the upper teeth basically close down inside your lower teeth and not on them. It can be vice versa too when the lower teeth close in front of your upper teeth when you bite.
HOW IS CROSSBITE DIAGNOSED?
The dentist or orthodontist will diagnose the issue with the help of dental X rays and also by taking pictures of your face from various angles so as to study the positions of the various teeth and the formation as well. Thereafter, the dentist will take the impression in a mould to study the issue in a closer fashion.
HOW IS CROSSBITE TREATED?
Many cases of crossbites do not require any treatment, however, an orthodontist can recommend a dental treatment for crossbites, which includes the use of a dental ""expander."" The expander is widened during the first 1-2 months to expand the jaw, and typically worn for an additional three months to allow the jaw to harden in its new place. Dental braces are sometimes used in along with an expander or are placed after the expander is removed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children whose baby teeth don’t fallout in a timely fashion may also develop crossbite.