Treatment to correct a dental crossbite can include braces, dental appliances or a combination of both, depending on the severity and cause of the bite problem..
Common crossbite treatments include one or more of the following:
This fixed appliance is placed on the upper back teeth. Using a special key, the patient can gently and gradually widen the appliance to the prescribed width every day. Over time, the appliance broadens the patient’s upper jaw so that the lower teeth fit properly inside the teeth of the upper arch to create a proper bite. Palatal expansion can happen over a few weeks to a month. Once the successful expansion has occurred, the appliance remains in place to help stabilize the teeth and bones in their new position.
Braces for Crossbite
The types of braces used to correct a crossbite will depend on the degree of the malocclusion. A crossbite primarily caused by tooth alignment may benefit from invisible aligners, such as Invisalign
, while more complex cases often require a combination of traditional wire braces and a palatal expander.
The protraction face mask device is made of a metal bar that is attached to pads on the forehead and chin. Rubber bands connect the face mask to the patient’s upper braces to gradually move the upper jaw forward. The face mask is removable, which means patients must be diligent about wearing the mask for the
prescribed number of hours each day to obtain the desired results.
For adults and severe cases of crossbite, surgery may be required to correct the malocclusion. The procedure involves moving the lower jaw forward and the upper jaw back to bring the bite into proper alignment. Crossbite braces are typically used in conjunction with surgery.
In summery, crossbites can cause a lot of problems in a person’s life. From feeling self-conscious about your smile’s appearance to painful eating and TMJ problems, the long-term complications of a crossbite can have a significant impact on your health and quality of life. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment to correct the improper bite and restore your smile to its ideal position is highly effective. Children with crossbites have very successful outcomes with orthodontic treatment, which is why identifying the problem early is key. Likewise, adults can also benefit from crossbite correction, which typically includes a combination of surgery and braces.