Most people have little to no understanding of what a crossbite is, and how it can impact a person’s life. It is only until someone related to them or someone they know is diagnosed to have it. If your child complains of headaches and frequent or fairly regular neck, jaw, shoulder and back pain, he or she may be suffering from a crossbite.
Crossbite may be genetic or situational, but most cases of crossbite are hereditary. If your parents suffered from crossbite, it is highly your family can suffer from it as well. However, do not self-diagnose, warns Dr. Dennis Laurich, a dental implant specialist in Livonia, Michigan. Take your child to the dentist to ascertain the problem.
Once your dentist has established that your child does have a crossbite, you can start considering treatments.
Dealing with crossbite
A crossbite, in simple terms, is a malocclusion where the upper and lower teeth are abnormally aligned or simply misaligned, resulting in an abnormal bite. Crossbites are categorized as either anterior or posterior, with the latter type being more common.
Since a crossbite usually presents itself during childhood and does not naturally correct itself, it is important to address the problem as early as possible to prevent further pain, and even disfigurement as a crossbite affects how a child’s face and jaw grow.
Crossbite treatment options include:
- Removable expander
- Palatal or maxillary expander
- Braces (orthodontic appliances)
- Surgery – recommended only for extreme cases
It is always best to get a crossbite treated as early as possible. However, if you are an adult sufferer with a crossbite diagnosed late in life, there are treatment options your dentist can always recommend.
What happens if a crossbite is left untreated?
As mentioned previously, an undiagnosed or untreated crossbite can affect how the face and jaw develop, thereby leading to facial disfigurement, and also can cause sufferers to experience various aches and pains – usually involving the head, jaw, neck, back and shoulders. Aside from these, crossbite sufferers may experience jaw grinding, receding gum line, tooth loss and other jaw issues.
The pain and discomfort, dental impact and negative aesthetic effect of a crossbite should help you decide quickly in ensuring you or your child receives the best dental care possible for that crossbite.
So, what are you waiting for? Make an appointment with your favorite Laurich dentist today.