Crossbite

Dr. Sidney M. Craft

Orthodontist located in Houston, TX & The Woodlands, TX

Having a crossbite can make you hesitant to share your smile with the world, and it can even lead to more serious dental issues. Orthodontic expert Sidney M. Craft, Jr., DDS, is highly skilled in administering safe and effective treatments to fix patients’ crossbites. With two offices conveniently located in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Sidney M. Craft is a reliable resource for treating your malocclusion. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Crossbite Q & A

What is a crossbite?

A crossbite is a type of malocclusion, a condition where your jaw doesn’t fit together properly when you close your teeth. Generally speaking, a crossbite is where an upper or lower tooth isn’t properly aligning with its “partner” on the other jaw, but a crossbite can be further divided into two more specific categories: Posterior and anterior.

In a posterior crossbite, the upper teeth in the back part of your mouth are positioned slightly inside of the bottom teeth when you bite down.

In an anterior crossbite, your palate forces your upper front teeth into position behind the lower front teeth when you bite down.

What causes a crossbite?

Research suggests that the following most commonly cause crossbites.

Hereditary factors

The size of your jaw is a genetically inherited trait, and having an upper jaw bone that’s more narrow than the lower jaw bone can lead to a crossbite.

Delayed or abnormal tooth eruption

Crossbites can happen when a tooth doesn’t erupt on time or erupts in an abnormal direction, causing it to go out of alignment with the corresponding tooth on the opposite jaw.

Thumb sucking

Chronic thumb sucking can exert a significant amount of pressure in the mouth, causing the upper bone of the palate to become deformed and decreasing the palate’s overall width, which can lead to a crossbite.

Why should I treat my crossbite?

If left untreated, a crossbite can lead to a wide range of serious dental and aesthetic problems, such as:

  • Excessive wear and tear on your gums
  • Oral discomfort as your teeth wear down unevenly
  • Frequent accidental biting of your cheeks
  • Increased likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Uneven jaw development that can lead to joint disorders and facial asymmetry
  • Chronic pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders

It is beneficial to treat a crossbite early. It’s much safer and easier to treat a malocclusion when the jaw and teeth are still developing, although it’s possible to treat the condition at any age with the help of Dr. Sidney M. Craft.

How do you treat my crossbite?

Some of the methods available at the office of Dr. Sidney M. Craft for treating a crossbite include:

  • Elastic wear to gradually pull the teeth and jaw back into proper alignment
  • Rapid palatal expander to widen the upper palate
  • A removable expander to be worn at night time

In more severe cases, surgical intervention can fix a crossbite by strategically breaking the jaw and using customized devices to encourage the jawbone to grow back in a better position.

Don’t wait any longer to fix your crossbite. Schedule a visit at the office of Dr. Sidney M. Craft today and straighten out your malocclusion. You can book your appointment by calling the office nearest you or scheduling a visit online.