What Is A Crossbite?

A crossbite occurs when a patient’s top and bottom don’t meet as they should when biting down. There are various types of crossbites.

Anterior crossbites are when upper front teeth are situated behind the lower front teeth. These may be a dental problem, caused by teeth being in the wrong position, or a skeletal problem where the upper and lower jaws don’t match in their positioning. 

Posterior crossbites occur when the jaw is too narrow on one or both sides. Along with anterior crossbites, these can be dental or skeletal in nature. 

What Causes A Crossbite?

Crossbites are often caused by genetics, habits like thumb sucking, or permanent teeth that haven’t yet erupted. Children who suck their thumb as they are developing are often more susceptible to developing a noticeable crossbite that will continue to become exaggerated as their permanent teeth come in.

Why Should I Fix A Crossbite?

Not only are crossbites unsightly, but they can also cause serious dental issues if left untreated. Common issues include:

  • Traumatic occlusion
  • Excessive tooth wear 
  • Premature loss of teeth 
  • Impaired jaw function
  • TMJ problems 
  • Aesthetic compromises

What Is The Best Way To Treat A Crossbite?

Braces or clear aligners, such as Invisalign, may be the answer, although every patient is different, and treatments that work for one person may not be appropriate for another. It’s important to address crossbites as early as possible to prevent issues from worsening. Whether you’re an adult correcting a crossbite or seeking treatment for a child through phase one treatment, our team can help. 

In the Capital Region, Adirondack Orthodontics is here to assist patients in order to correct crossbites, overbites, underbites, impacted teeth, and many other issues. We have several locations in the Albany region where we treat patients, and we would be happy to welcome you to become a patient of ours. Call us today to schedule a consultation, and we can begin the journey toward a healthy smile. 

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