What Is A Crossbite?

How your orthodontist in Portage, MI, can help your smile

If you have a crossbite, it means your jaws cross over each other when you bite or chew. It also means your teeth are more prone to chipping, breaking, and other forms of dental trauma. The good news is, your crossbite can be corrected with orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Thomas Kwong of Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI, provides a wide range of orthodontic services, including treatment of a crossbite.

A crossbite isn’t the only jaw alignment problem that can be corrected with orthodontics. You can also benefit from orthodontic treatment if you have:

  • An overbite, which means your upper jaw protrudes in front of your lower jaw
  • An underbite, which means your lower jaw protrudes in front of your upper jaw
  • An open bite, which means your front teeth don’t close together when you bite

Orthodontics is also an excellent solution for tooth positioning issues like these:

  • Crowding, tooth rotation, and twisted teeth
  • Teeth erupting in the wrong place or not erupting
  • Uneven spacing or gaps between your teeth
  • Teeth that overlap other teeth

There are many orthodontic options available to correct alignment and tooth positioning problems. You can choose:

  • Conventional metal brackets and wires, the original orthodontic treatment
  • Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored or clear wires, a more discreet option
  • Lingual braces, which are attached to the back surfaces of teeth, for a more discreet look

You can also choose dental appliances, known as aligners. These aligners offer the benefit of being able to remove them when you eat and brush and floss. The aligners are clear, so they are virtually invisible to people around you.

A straight smile is a great smile, for many reasons. Consider that a straight smile gives you:

  • A smile that is more attractive
  • A smile that is easier to brush and floss
  • A smile that is easier on your teeth and jaws

You deserve a straight smile, and your orthodontist can help you achieve it. To learn more about the treatment of a crossbite and other orthodontic services, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Thomas Kwong of Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI. You can reach him at (269) 327-4459, so call today!