Understanding a Crossbite
What is it?
A crossbite is a rare type of malocclusion, or “bad bite,” seen far less often than the more common underbite or overbite. It presents as a lateral misalignment: Either the top back teeth bite down within the lower ones or the palate forces the upper front teeth behind the lower ones.
What causes it?
A crossbite is fairly common in children before their permanent teeth begin to erupt. However, it can also occur in the permanent teeth. Like other forms of malocclusion, it is usually a simple matter of the jaw being too small for the larger number of “adult” teeth.
Is there any way to prevent it?
A crossbite can be treated early in life, but cannot be prevented. Children should be monitored closely by a trusted family dentist who can discover signs of malocclusion. Luckily, adults can usually achieve complete relief from a crossbite with the appropriate orthodontic care.
Why is it important to get it corrected?
A crossbite leads to uneven application of force in the affected teeth whenever you bite down. As a result, it can cause significant wear to the misaligned teeth and to those nearby. Cracking, chipping, gum disease, and even bone loss are more likely with a crossbite.
Crossbite Treatment with Invisalign
What is treatment like for this type of bite?
Invisalign is a popular alternative to conventional braces that consists of a set of clear plastic trays. These discreet tools gently realign the teeth over time and can be removed as needed for eating, brushing teeth or other reasons.
In many cases, a crossbite can be completely remedied by Invisalign. For adults, the typical course of treatment should be expected to run more than a year. Youths might see somewhat faster results. In any case, the realignment of teeth is permanent.
Patients should continue to maintain good dental health habits and see a dentist regularly.
Invisalign in NYC Can Solve Your Crossbite for Good
Have you noticed a problem with the alignment of your teeth? Tribeca Dental Care is the NYC Invisalign expert that can help you. We understand that a healthy smile can be just what you need to tackle the Big Apple with confidence.
At Tribeca Dental Care, we offer world-class Invisalign services to the people of New York City. Our experts make your crossbite care easy and effective. To learn more, please contact us.