Crossbite can occur in the front and/or the sides of the mouth. One or more upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can occur with a single tooth or multiple teeth. Early correction of crossbite is recommended.

Crossbite should be corrected because it may:

  • cause premature wear of the teeth.
  • cause gum disease including bone loss.
  • cause asymmetrical development of the jaws.
  • cause dysfunctional chewing patterns.
  • make your smile less attractive.

Before After

How can a crossbite be orthodontically corrected?

If there is a single tooth crossbite, the tooth can be moved with braces into the correct position. In some cases, a retainer can be utilized. With multiple teeth in crossbite, the arch needs to be expanded with braces or other intra-oral appliances.

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