What Is Crossbite? How Can You Fix It?

What Is Crossbite? How Can You Fix It?

Crossbite is a common issue for many dental patients. However, although many people crossbite, they may not be aware of what exactly that means. University Dental features a team of crossbite experts, and below we explain what a crossbite is and how you can fix it. For more information or to schedule a crossbite consultation with an orthodontist, contact University Dental today by calling (619) 582-4224.

What is Crossbite?

A crossbite is when your lower and upper teeth are not aligned with each other. In most cases, this is evident when you bite down, as you will find that your two sets of teeth are not properly aligned.

What are the Different Kinds of Crossbite?

There are primarily two different types of crossbite. There is an anterior crossbite and a posterior crossbite.

Anterior Crossbite

An anterior crossbite is when your front teeth on the top of your mouth sit behind your lower teeth when you bite down. While this is very similar to an underbite, there are a few key differences an orthodontist can identify. 

Posterior Crossbite

A posterior crossbite is when your front teeth on the top of your mouth sit in front of your lower teeth. It is the exact opposite of an anterior crossbite.

What Causes Crossbite?

In most cases, crossbite is hereditary and you have no control over whether you develop a crossbite or not. However, there are a few other causes of crossbite that can occur during childhood.

Adult Teeth Come In Before Losing Baby Teeth

One cause of crossbite is if your adult teeth grow in before you lose your baby teeth, causing the adult teeth to be misaligned.

Sucking on Your Thumb

Children who suck their thumb more than the average child can also develop a crossbite, as sucking on the thumb can lead to a smaller palate and possible bone deformities.

Breathing Through Your Mouth

Finally, mouth breathing can lead to a crossbite. If a child tends to breathe primarily through their mouth, the upper jaw may be underdeveloped and too small.

How Can You Fix Crossbite?

Fixing crossbite is simple and straightforward. In many cases, braces are usually the best way to get the upper and lower teeth aligned. However, some orthodontists may opt for a removable palate expander too slowly widen the roof of your mouth. In drastic cases, surgery may be necessary to widen the palate.

Crossbite Treatment at University Dental in San Diego

If you think you have crossbite, you need to see an orthodontist as soon as possible. Failure to treat crossbite can lead to gum problems, teeth and cheek pain, and possibly TMJ disorder.  At University Dental, we offer expert crossbite treatment to get your jaw and teeth properly aligned in no time. If you are interested in learning more, contact University Dental today to schedule a crossbite consultation. Contact us today by calling (619) 582-4224.