Crossbite treatment is needed when one or more upper teeth are behind the lower teeth. A crossbite, sometimes called a reverse bite is most often hereditary. The shape of the jaw bone and shape of the teeth are governed by genes inherited from both sides of your family. Also, other genetic predispositions can cause or worsen a cross bite such as delayed loss of baby teeth, irregular eruption of new teeth, and even enlarged tonsils or adnoids because of the mouth-breathing habit they cause. Though a crossbite is genetic, the condition can worsen due to careless chewing or thumb-sucking habits.
Early Crossbite Treatment Works Best
A crossbite may cause a patient to move their lower jaw forward or to the side when biting. Most often, people seek orthodontic treatment for a crossbite because of chewing and biting difficulties. Because a crossbite involves dental and structural (jaw) structure, it is important to treat this condition as early as possible.
A developing crossbite or a family history of crossbites is a good reason to schedule a pediatric orthodontist evaluation for your children around age 7. Early crossbite treatment is more effective, less expensive, and less invasive than orthognathic jaw surgery that is usually required for crossbite correction in adults.
Contact our office to schedule an orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Bright today. After your first comprehensive exam which will include state-of-the-art diagnostics completed in our orthodontics office, he will discuss the proper treatment to correct your crossbite condition or any other orthodontic problems.