A cross bite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the tooth is either closer to your tongue or your cheek than it is to the corresponding tooth in your mouth. Crossbites are also known as a “bad bite” and should be corrected as it can lead to jaw problems later in life including TMD that can cause pain in the muscles that control the movement of your jaw. Crossbites often cause your child to feel self-conscious and can also make it difficult to eat due to discomfort as the jaw is misaligned.
If your child is suffering due to a crossbite, you may be wondering what you can do to get this corrected. At Orthodontists Associates of WNY, our Buffalo orthodontists provide treatment that can help correct your bad bite. We offer free consultations and would love to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Many times, a patient comes into the office and we immediately recognize that they have a crossbite. Treatment options are not always one size fits all because cross bites can come in several varieties and levels of severity. One example, a unilateral posterior crossbite, occurs when the upper jaw is too narrow to accommodate the lower jaw on center. In such cases, the patient will often attempt to find a comfortable place to bite by biting with their lower jaw off to one side. Patients whose upper jaw is narrower will actually show a bilateral cross bite. With that condition, the patient generally does not shift their jaw to one side or the other because they can get comfortable in their mid-line.
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Crossbites can exist between individual teeth and are often seen between a person’s front teeth. Sometimes, a crossbite indicates that the lower jaw fits poorly in size and shape relative to the upper jaw. Patients who have protruding lower jaws or large lower jaws – class threes as we describe them in orthodontics – may have an inter-cross bite where their upper front teeth are behind their lower ones. You can see that cross bites come in different shapes and varieties, and that they can vary from patient to patient. The treating crossbites for each of those types is completely different, but it is important to recognize the effects of that crossbite and seek effective treatment.
When the patient is younger, it is much easier to fix a crossbite before it poses potential long-term problems. We offer free orthodontic screenings for your child and would love to help them achieve the healthy and beautiful smile they deserve.
If you are looking for an orthodontist for your child who is experienced in treating crossbites, please call and set up a free screening at one of our five convenient locations throughout Western New York. Our Buffalo offices include Lancaster, Dunkirk, Orchard Park, Olean and Hamburg. We hope to see you soon!
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