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What complications can arise from an untreated crossbite?

If overlooked, crossbites can trigger jaw misalignment, uneven jaw growth, premature wearing of the tooth enamel,  facial asymmetry, and improper chewing, among other dental issues.

Is a crossbite the same as an underbite or overbite?

No, not all crossbites are the same. A crossbite represents a form of malocclusion, characterized by a misalignment of teeth where the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. This misalignment can impact individual teeth or groups of teeth, encompassing the front, back, or both sets. In a posterior crossbite, the back teeth are affected, with upper teeth situated inside the lower teeth. Conversely, an anterior crossbite involves the front teeth, where one or more upper teeth are positioned behind the lower teeth. It’s important to distinguish this from an underbite, where either the upper teeth or jaw are positioned behind the lower teeth. Each type of crossbite can have implications for dental health and may require orthodontic intervention to correct alignment issues and prevent further complications.

How can I tell if my child or I have a crossbite?

The prominent indication of a crossbite is when the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth in the back and/or the front when biting down normally. Should you suspect a crossbite, seeking a professional evaluation from an orthodontist is imperative to ensure treatment is started at the optimal age.