A crossbite is a term used to describe a condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly. In the case of an anterior crossbite, the palate essentially creates a situation in which the upper front teeth sit behind the lower teeth when the jaw is closed. This is not a common problem, and affects between four to five percent of patients.
Left untreated, this problem can lead to a number of issues. Your self-image can suffer. However, there are other health problems to consider. A crossbite can lead to increased risks for dental damage, tooth decay and gum disease. You may also experience pain or stress in your neck, shoulders and jaw.
There are different ways to address a crossbite. Expanders may help correct the problem, and braces can be used to help some people. In certain cases, surgery may be required to correct issue and create proper alignment.
If you are concerned about this problem in yourself or your child and would like more information about anterior crossbite treatment in Phoenix, Arizona, our orthodontist, Dr. Rusty Jones, would be happy to see you for an appointment. Contact our offices in West Valley or South Phoenix today to schedule a visit.