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Can Oral Surgeons Like Us Correct a Crossbite?
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Dr. Michael Allard
A crossbite, as the name suggests, is a dental arch created between the lower and the upper tooth due to a lateral misalignment. People with a crossbite tend to bite their cheek more often and their tongue usually gets in the way when they talk. People that have a delayed loss of baby teeth are prone to a crossbite. It can also be caused due to prolonged thumb sucking which damages the pressure in the mouth and causes the bone to be distorted.
Correcting A Crossbite
There are various procedures that can be used to correct a crossbite and these include the Invisalign. For some patients, extraction of a tooth or more may be required in order to align the teeth correctly. If the crossbite is not too bad, then the extraction may not be necessary. Oral surgeons like us can successfully help to correct the crossbite. While it is highly recommended to correct a crossbite by the age of 8 to 11 years, teenagers and young adults can also opt for this procedure. That being said, the sooner a crossbite is treated, the easier it is to correct the teeth.
The procedure to correct a crossbite is not invasive in any way and with professionals like us assisting, it shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks to successfully rectify your crossbite and flash a beautiful smile. If you have a crossbite problem and you want to learn more about the various procedures available, visit our office today and we will help you understand how we successfully correct a crossbite. We will also be able to estimate whether the tooth extraction is necessary or whether we will be able to correct the crossbite without it. A crossbite is not aesthetically appealing and is often the cause of dental infections and this is why it is important to treat this condition and rectify the issue.