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Orthodontic Conditions

Crossbite

A crossbite is a positional problem, where one or more of opposing upper and lower teeth bite on the wrong side of each other.

This may affect either the front or the back teeth.

In the growing child these crossbites may affect the growth pattern of either jaw and may cause a permanent skeletal change.

The cause of crossbites may result from a number of factors:
hereditary factors or individual growth patterns; environmental factors such as the early loss or prolonged retention of deciduous (baby) teeth, thumb sucking or trauma may result in these functional bite disturbances.

The photos below show a crossbite of the front and back teeth:

 

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