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You may not recognize what crossbite is until you or a family member has been diagnosed with one. There are two types of crossbites that often lead to pain in the jaws, TMJ and other issues such as gum recession and loss of teeth. The good news is that the side effects of crossbites can be addressed since crossbites are treatable.

What is Crossbite?

Crossbite happens when there is a misalignment between your upper and lower teeth as you close your mouth.  There are generally two types of crossbites: posterior and anterior crossbites.  A posterior crossbite happens when the upper teeth fall inside your lower teeth on one side when you bite down.  An anterior crossbite is similar to an underbite and occurs when the top front teeth fall behind the lower front teeth when you bite down.

What are the Main Causes of Crossbite?

Crossbites may be caused by hereditary reasons, delayed tooth eruption or an abnormally erupted tooth.  Crossbites may occur if the lower jaw bone is wider than the upper jaw bone.  This results in a misalignment of the upper and lower jaw.  Crossbites in children may result when normal tooth eruption– where baby teeth come out and are replaced by adult teeth– is delayed.  Crossbites may stem from permanent teeth growing in before all the baby teeth have fallen out.  When there is an abnormal eruption of the new teeth, they may not grow in place properly which results in misalignment problems.  Most of the time crossbites are a result of genetics. If a parent had issues with their bites, it increases the chance of their children having issues with a crossbite too.

How Do You Treat Crossbite?

Most dental professionals would agree that the best time to correct a crossbite is during childhood or the teenage years. The earlier the crossbite is diagnosed and treated, the better.  Most crossbites are corrected by adjusting the teeth or jaw using orthodontic treatments and appliances.  Popular methods of correction include:

  • A palatal or maxillary expander that gradually widens the upper palate.
  • A removable expander that adults may wear at night-time.
  • Braces.
  • Surgical intervention where the jaw bone is strategically broken and then customized devices are used post-surgery to help widen the upper palate.

The best place to start is to consult your orthodontist about crossbite correction and treatment options available to you and your family. Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics are eager to join you on the journey to a healthier and happier smile.  To request your appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist Dr. Reese, please contact us.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).