What is a Crossbite?

When some of your upper teeth sit inside of your lower teeth, doctors call it a crossbite. This can happen with groups of teeth in one area or just with one tooth, but it can happen anywhere in the mouth. Typically, teeth on your upper jaw sit outside of the teeth in your lower jaw, so a crossbite is a type of misalignment.

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Crossbites can cause your teeth to grind together in the wrong places, which can lead to chipped teeth and worn down gums. Severe crossbite can also cause lopsided jaw growth, jaw disorders, and pain. An untreated crossbite can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks like eating, drinking and speaking.

SureSmile® Clear Aligners can correct crossbites by redirecting teeth to a specific location within the mouth. Severe crossbites may require some additional support if jaw placement is contributing to the issue, but your dentist will work with you to make sure you are a good candidate for SureSmile® Aligners before beginning treatment. Contact a SureSmile® doctor for an experience that’s sure to make you smile.

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