What is a front tooth crossbite?
A front tooth crossbite is where a top tooth improperly bites behind the bottom teeth instead of in front of them.
A crossbite needs to be corrected as early as possible because it can cause:
- Wear or chipping of the teeth
- Interference with proper jaw growth
- Loosening of the teeth by damaging the surrounding bone and gum tissue
Early orthodontic treatment (Phase I) is recommended in children who have a mix of adult and baby teeth in order to correct a front tooth crossbite. Age 7 is the best time for an orthodontist to start checking for issues like this.
Below are before and after photos of an 8 year old patient treated at our office who had Phase I braces on the upper teeth to correct a front tooth crossbite. The over-retained baby teeth in the initial photos were removed before orthodontic treatment started. Treatment was completed in less than 6 months.