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Crossbite Correction

Invisible Braces

Orthodontist located in Houston, TX

A crossbite can be painful and detrimental to your oral health, but just because you have a malocclusion doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever. At Invisible Braces in the Houston Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas, the team of orthodontic experts provide high-quality treatments for crossbite correction. To get started, schedule a crossbite consultation with Invisible Braces today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Crossbite Correction Q & A

What is a crossbite?

A crossbite is a type of misalignment of your jaw. If you have a crossbite, sections of your lower teeth stick out in front of your top teeth when you close your mouth. It’s a common condition, but that doesn’t stop it from being uncomfortable and potentially harmful to your oral health.

A crossbite can either be anterior and posterior. In an anterior crossbite, the malocclusion happens in the front of your mouth, with your bottom front teeth fitting over your top front teeth. A posterior crossbite occurs in the back of your mouth, with the lower teeth in the back of your mouth fitting over or outside of the top teeth.

A crossbite is similar to an underbite since both involve your lower teeth protruding out in front of your top teeth. An underbite impacts all of your teeth, though, whereas a crossbite affects a smaller area of your jaw.

What causes a crossbite?

There are two primary causes for a crossbite, including:

Skeletal issues

Crossbites can happen if your skull or jawbone didn’t develop properly. Skeletal issues are usually genetic, so if your parents have a crossbite, you’re more likely to have one, too.

Circumstantial causes

There are a variety of circumstantial factors that can leave you with a crossbite, like an injury or childhood habits like mouth breathing and thumb sucking. Crossbites can also develop if your baby teeth didn’t fall out at the right age or if your adult teeth came in too late, forcing your jaw to compensate and grow into an awkward position.

How can a crossbite impact my oral health?

The alignment of your jaw plays a large role in your oral functioning, and a crossbite can significantly impair your overall oral health, leading to conditions like:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pain in your teeth or jaw
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Pain in your shoulders or neck
  • Tooth decay

A crossbite can also affect your speech. 

How do you treat a crossbite?

The team at Invisible Braces can treat your crossbite with state-of-the-art clear aligners from SureSmile®. Your aligners are designed from an impression of your smile and fit snugly over your teeth. As you wear them, the aligners exert a small amount of pressure to gradually push your teeth and jaw towards the proper alignment, eventually correcting your crossbite.

To learn more about how Invisible Braces can treat your crossbite, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.