Crossbite Treatments

A Crossbite is when the upper teeth bite either partially or completely inside the bottom teeth instead of like a lid on a shoebox, like it should).

Crossbites are associated with lower jaw asymmetry and are a risk factor for future TMJ problems.

Crossbites are caused by:

  • Small upper jaw
  • Large lower jaw
  • Top teeth tilted inward
  • Bottom teeth tilted outward

Treatment options includeincreasing the width of the top jaw and tipping the teeth outward.

Palatal Expander

Advantages:

  • Increases width of top jaw

Disadvantages:

  • Additional appliance
  • Activated at home
  • Requires jaw surgery in ages 13+

W-Arch or Quad Helix

Advantages:

  • Increases width of top teeth
  • Activated in office

Disadvantages:

  • Additional appliance
  • Only tips teeth
  • Does not correct underlying jaws

Rubber Bands

Advantages:

  • Removable

Disadvantages:

  • High cooperation needed
  • Only tips teeth
  • Does not correct underlying jaws

Make it a great day!

Dr. Bryon Viechnicki DMD, MS Orthodontist, Owner, Smile Logic Orthodontics

Dr. Bryon Viechnicki (like Vick-Nikki)