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What is a crossbite? Signs, effects, and treatment


What is a crossbite?

Crossbite, also known as mirror or reverse bite, is a condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not fit together correctly when the person closes their mouth. It can affect dental health, causing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. Suppose you are experiencing such a dental condition and have experienced difficulty biting or chewing your food. In that case, we welcome you to EgoDent, where our specialists will analyze the situation of your teeth and offer you the most effective treatment for your problem.

What are the signs and symptoms of crossbite?

The signs and symptoms of crossbite can vary from case to case, but there are several common clues by which it can be detected. At EgoDent, we offer a complete and appropriate diagnosis of the problems you are experiencing, which may include the following:

  • Facial pain – pain can occur in the jaw, face, and head area;
  • Headaches – can often manifest as temporal pain and pain in the eye area;
  • Difficulty biting or chewing food – the occurrence of an uncomfortable or uncomfortable feeling when chewing food because the teeth do not fit properly;
  • Tooth sensitivity – this can be caused by inadequate muscle mass putting inappropriate pressure on the teeth;
  • Speech difficulties – crossbite can affect the pronunciation of certain sounds so that speech can be slowed or slurred.

How is crossbite treated?

Dental treatment of crossbite can vary depending on its severity. Some treatment options include:

  • Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment is often necessary to correct the crossbite. This treatment may involve conventional braces, bite plates, or clear aligners.
  • Tooth replacement: If the crossbite is caused by damage to the teeth, such as decay or fractures, these teeth can be restored using a dental crown or filling.
  • Tooth extraction: In extreme cases, extraction of some teeth or one of the false teeth may be necessary to correct the crossbite.
  • Maxillofacial surgery: In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to adjust the jaw alignment and correct the crossbite.

Crossbite can seriously affect your dental health and should be treated as soon as you notice specific symptoms. We advise you to consult a specialist to determine the problem’s causes and understand the treatment options available to you. By identifying and addressing the issue early, you will be able to prevent more serious complications and maintain dental and general health. Please pay us a visit at EgoDent’s Stanmore Clinic, where we’ll work with you to determine the best solution for correcting your teeth.

You can find us at 22 A Lowther Road | Stanmore, London HA7 1er, or contact us by phone: 02033 016323 or email:

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