Crossbite Correction in Metro East and Clayton
A crossbite is a common orthodontic issue that can get in the way of a perfect smile. If you're looking for a corrective treatment to fix your overlapping teeth, reach out to Amazing Smiles Orthodontics. Our team of kind, professional experts will help you find the right options for your needs.
What Causes a Crossbite?
The upper teeth typically fit over the outside of the lower teeth. However, with a crossbite, one or more upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth, creating an uneven appearance.
Many factors can lead to a crossbite, including genetic and external influences. There may be a mismatch between the jaw size and teeth size, missing or crowded teeth, jaw injuries and more. Other possible causes include behaviors like prolonged thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, poor chewing habits and mouth breathing.
Common Crossbite Symptoms
Crossbites range in severity from one or two upper teeth resting inside the lower teeth to more serious cases that require extensive treatment or surgery. Typical symptoms of a crossbite include:
- Uneven appearance
- Jaw pain
- Tooth decay
- Worn enamel
- Speech impediments
- Trouble chewing
Why Correct a Crossbite?
Crossbites are more than just a cosmetic issue. The irregular contact between the teeth can wear on the enamel, increasing the likelihood of cracked or broken teeth and tooth decay. A crossbite may affect your speech, how you chew or bite and how your mouth opens and closes.
While crossbites cause enough trouble on their own, they can also lead to additional complications. A crossbite may cause jaw shifting and pain, TMJ, headaches, gum disease and other conditions. That's why it's essential to treat a crossbite as early as possible before further issues arise.
Fixing your crossbite will be easier when the jaw is younger and more malleable, though patients of all ages can undergo crossbite treatment.
Our Crossbite Treatment Options
Your crossbite treatment will depend on several factors, such as the severity of your case and your preferences. A crossbite might require braces, aligners, palatal expanders, headgear or surgery.
At Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we offer multiple treatment types to suit your needs, including:
- Traditional braces: This classic style uses brackets and archwires to realign your teeth to ensure they're straight and even.
- Ceramic braces: Much like traditional braces, these ceramic options straighten your smile with a more discreet appearance.
- Clear plastic aligners: Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible to see as they effectively fix your crossbite.
Why Choose Amazing Smiles Orthodontics
At Amazing Smile Orthodontics, we take your smile seriously. Our professional and considerate team has the expertise you need in the St. Louis area. We're committed to providing the best solutions to fix your crossbite and other orthodontic issues for a healthier, happier smile. Our offices in the Metro East and Clayton areas are ready to welcome you today.