Crossbite Correction - Kingwood, TX

Are you in need of crossbite correction?

Teeth misalignments are a common problem among the vast majority of today's population. These issues can lead to significantly reduced self-confidence, restricted social interactions, and even severe dental health problems. Malocclusions come in many different forms and among the most common is the crossbite.

By definition, a crossbite is a teeth alignment problem that is manifested by teeth that are either more medially or laterally positioned than their lower or upper Counterpart. That is, a crossbite is when your teeth on the upper or lower jaw do not meet correctly when you bite your teeth down, thus causing some to fall inside the border of teeth on the opposing jaw.

Reliable Crossbite Correction For You

Depending on the teeth that are involved and the characteristics of their involvement, your crossbite might fall into a certain category. Generally, there are three types of frontal crossbites, namely: simple anterior, functional anterior, and skeletal anterior. These conditions may also occur in the back of the mouth. Your orthodontist might suggest or recommend a certain treatment depending on the type of bite problem you have.

The Dangers of Untreated Crossbites

Some people do not mind the aesthetic effects of this condition, and this might keep them from seeking a correction. But if left untreated, crossbite could become the cause of several complications in the future that won’t only reduce functionality but also significantly affect appearance. Some of the problems that this condition can cause in the long run include functional difficulties with mastication or chewing, jaw joint problems, and early degradation of teeth.

See also: Teeth Gap Problem, Reason To Avail Of Overbite Correction, Numerous Factors That Can Cause Open Bite

How is Crossbite Treated?

In children, sometimes removable appliances may be used to treat crossbites. Generally, crossbites are resolved through the help and expertise of a professional orthodontist. An orthodontic specialist will recommend that a client avail of braces to fix crossbite in order to pull or push teeth into proper alignment. Braces are usually kept on anywhere between a year and three years depending on the extent of repair and are then replaced with retainers to reinforce change and proper alignment.

Contact Kimbrough Orthodontics for the Perfect Smile

Not every Orthodontic specialist you find has the skills and knowledge to give you the best smile. Your teeth play an important role in the way you look – don’t take a gamble; with your crossbite's correction! Kimbrough Orthodontics has been in the industry for many years and this has allowed us to treat countless cases of malocclusion. We guarantee that when you avail of our services, you’ll leave with nothing more than happy smiles and an improved look.

Get the best value for your money and the best treatment for your teeth – feel free to contact us and book your appointment today!

Crossbite FAQs

1What is a crossbite?
A crossbite is a form of “teeth misalignment” in which the upper or lower teeth are more medially or laterally positioned than their counterparts. This type of misalignment can affect a single tooth or multiple.
2What causes a crossbite?
Instances that may cause this condition to develop include:
  • Genetics
  • Abnormal eruption of permanent teeth
  • Delayed loss of baby teeth
  • Bad habits like thumb sucking and/or swallowing in a strange way
3What are the symptoms of a crossbite?
  • The top and bottom row of teeth do not touch each other
  • Biting of the inner cheek or tongue when speaking/eating
  • Pain in your jaw or teeth
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tooth decay
  • Headaches
  • Speech problems
  • Pain in jaw, neck, and even shoulders
4How are crossbites treated?
Depending on the condition and severity of the bite, treatment may include one, or a combination of the following:
  • A palatal expander
  • Traditional braces
  • Removable braces (clear aligners )
  • Surgery
5Does a crossbite need to be corrected?
It is highly recommended to correct crossbites, especially at an early age, while the jaw and dental profile are still in development. Failure to correct a crossbite may result in:
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Pain
  • Asymmetrical facial features
  • Wearing down of tooth enamel, and much more.
6Can crossbites be treated with clear aligners?
Yes, in some cases, clear aligners can improve a crossbite.
7Does crossbite correction require surgery?
The need for surgical correction depends on the condition of the crossbite. Surgery is usually only required in severe crossbite cases.
8What is the difference between a crossbite, overbite, and open bite?
  • A crossbite - is a medial or lateral misalignment of your dental arches.
  • An Overbite - is when the upper row of teeth is misaligned and covering the lower row of teeth when the mouth is closed.
  • An Openbite - is a vertical gap between an individual’s upper and lower front teeth while the mouth is closed.
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