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What Is a Crossbite?


Posted on 1/24/2022 by Dr. John Abajian
What Is a Crossbite?A crossbite refers to a certain type of malocclusion, i.e. crowding or misalignment of the teeth. People with a crossbite have teeth that lean more towards the cheek or the tongue. As a result, the teeth do not properly fit against the corresponding antagonist teeth on the upper or lower jaw. Crossbite can affect a single tooth or multiple teeth on both the front and the back side of your jaw.

Just like an underbite and overbite, this type of misalignment is also a dental condition. It can have an adverse effect on your oral health and the overall functionality of your teeth if left untreated.

At Esthetic Smiles, Dr. John Abajian, DDS and John Abajian DDS can help you understand if you have a crossbite and determine the best way to correct it.

What Causes a Crossbite?


There are a number of factors that can lead to a crossbite.

In most cases, this type of malocclusion is hereditary. However, at times, delayed loss of milk teeth can be responsible for a crossbite. Children who have a habit of thumb sucking are likely to develop a crossbite. Similarly, a crossbite can occur due to other prolonged actions such as teeth grinding. Thumb sucking and teeth grinding generate abnormal pressure that can shift your teeth out of position.

In some adults, crossbite may be a reflection of improper bone development which results in mismatched jaw sizes.

Why Do You Need to Fix a Crossbite?


Failing to correct a crossbite can lead to a myriad of dental problems. It can wear down the tooth enamel resulting in tooth sensitivity. People with crossbite often complain of headaches and neck pain. This is primarily because the misaligned teeth put excessive pressure on the jaw, which in turn creates muscle tension.

Crossbite Treatment


If you suspect you have a crossbite, get in touch with us now by calling at 805-365-4222. Your dentist at Esthetic Smiles can perform an oral examination to identify the best crossbite treatment to correct the position of your teeth.
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