Friday, January 4, 2013

Orthodontic Treatment of Dental Crossbite Without Teeth Extraction or Jaw Surgery

A crossbite or underbite is a condition when you bite down your upper teeth fall behind your lower teeth.  It can happen in front (anterior crossbite) or in the back (posterior crossbite) and one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral) of the jaw.  

Crossbite can involve a single tooth or multiple teeth and it can be related to dental, skeletal origin, or both.  In young patients it is often treated with skeletal expansion on the upper arch followed by braces to align their teeth.  However, in adult patients jaw surgery is often needed to correct it.

A crossbite is more than just a cosmetic imperfection; it could result in many conditions such as TMJ, loose teeth, receding gums, excessive wear of enamel on permanent teeth, and asymmetrical growth of your face and jaw.

Shown below is a crossbite case that was treated at our office without teeth extraction or surgery.

Orthodontic Treatment of Dental Crossbite, Lawrenceville GA 30043

If you suspect that you or your children have a crossbite and want to have more information, please visit our website at or contact our office at 678 985-8087.

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