Lombard Dental Studio in Thousand Oaks

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Crossbite: Causes and Modern Correction Treatments

What is a crossbite?

A crossbite is a type of dental misalignment occurs when upper teeth are positioned behind the lower teeth, indicative of malocclusion, or improper alignment of the teeth and jaw. Defined medically as an abnormal relationship between one or more teeth of one dental arch and the opposing teeth of the other arch, crossbites are commonly grouped with other alignment issues such as underbites and overbites. This condition impacts not only the appearance of your smile but also also impacts oral functionality, potentially leading to further dental complications if left untreated.

Causes and Impact of Crossbites

Several factors contribute to the development of crossbites, including hereditary predispositions, abnormal growth of adult teeth, habits like thumb sucking, and mouth breathing due to chronic nasal obstruction. If left untreated, crossbites can lead to severe complications such as cheek biting, teeth grinding, gum disease, excessive tooth wear, and even TMJ disorders, impacting overall health and well-being.

Types of Crossbites

Crossbites are classified based on their location and underlying cause:

  • Posterior Crossbites: Occur when the upper back teeth fall inside the lower back teeth due to a narrower upper jaw.
  • Anterior Crossbites: Present when upper front teeth are positioned behind the lower front teeth.
  • Scissor Crossbites: Characterized by inward upper teeth and outward lower teeth.
  • Single Tooth Crossbites: Involve one misaligned tooth.
  • Dental Crossbites: Caused by tooth issues.
  • Skeletal Crossbites: Result from jaw discrepancies.

Additionally, buccal crossbites point towards the cheek, while lingual crossbites align closer to the tongue.

Treatment Approaches for Crossbites

Correcting a crossbite depends on the patient's age, the severity of the case, and whether it's a posterior or anterior crossbite. Treatments range from Invisalign®️ aligners, which gradually align the teeth, to crossbite expanders for children and removable expanders for adults. In severe instances, tooth extraction or surgical jaw expansion may be necessary, with cosmetic dentistry offering solutions for milder cases.

Clear Aligners Treatment

Invisalign aligners have revolutionized crossbite correction, providing an effective, less painful alternative to braces. These clear aligners are virtually invisible, require fewer doctor visits, and allow for easy removal to eat and maintain oral hygiene. A qualified Invisalign provider can assess your specific case, offering a personalized treatment plan that outlines the duration and expected outcomes.

Crossbite correction

Crossbites, if not addressed, can lead to significant oral health issues, but with modern treatments like Invisalign aligners, correction is both achievable and convenient. It's essential to consult with a dental professional to determine the most effective treatment plan, ensuring a healthier, more aligned smile.

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Lombard Dental Studio is a full-service dental practice located in Thousand Oaks. Under the expert care of Vadim Lebovich DDS, the practice offers a wide variety of dental services

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