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How to Fix a Crossbite: Orthodontic Treatment for a Misaligned Bite

A crossbite is when the lower teeth cover one or more upper teeth when you bite. This can cause discomfort and even affect your appearance. In some cases, it can also lead to more severe dental issues down the road.

However, there is no need to worry. In most instances, you can correct crossbites using orthodontics like braces.

Let’s go over how to fix a crossbite and how to prevent further dental issues from occurring.

What Are The Symptoms of a Crossbite?

If you think that you have a crossbite, there are several symptoms you should look out for.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Tooth decay
  • Crowding of teeth
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Abnormal development of the face or jaws

Cosmetic issues like facial asymmetry can also be a sign that you have a crossbite. This is when the lips and teeth do not line up correctly.

The Consequences of an Untreated Crossbite

Although having a crossbite may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to several more severe dental issues. Therefore, addressing the problem early on is vital to avoid any long-term damage.

Some of the potential consequences of an untreated crossbite include:

  • Wearing down the teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Infection
  • Bone loss around the teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems

As you can see, it’s important to seek treatment for a crossbite as soon as possible.

How Is a Crossbite Corrected?

There are several ways to correct a crossbite. The most common method is orthodontics, which uses devices like braces to realign the teeth.

First, you will need to visit with an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Yazji to discuss your treatment options. Once you have decided the best course of action, they will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth. Then, they will work with you and create a customized treatment plan.

Depending on the severity of your crossbite, you may need to wear braces for 12-24 months. However, this varies from case to case. After completing your treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new, corrected position.

In more severe cases, you might require a more serious treatment like surgery to correct the alignment of your jaws. However, this is usually only recommended for adults.

Preventing Further Dental Problems

If you have a crossbite, don’t wait to seek treatment. Orthodontics can help realign your teeth and prevent further dental issues from occurring.

Children are especially at risk for developing dental problems like crossbites. This is because their jaws and teeth are still growing and developing. As a result, it’s essential to take them to the orthodontist early on so they can catch any issues that may arise.

If you think you or your child may have a crossbite, contact our office today. We can help you schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options. Dr. Maria Yazji will be happy to answer any questions and create a customized treatment plan that meets your needs.

Dr. Yazji has been treating hundreds of patients with crossbites sin 1995. She sees patients of all ages in her three orthodontic offices in South Florida, located in Weston, Brickell (downtown Miami) and West Miami. Book a FREE smile consultation with her today!

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