Pediatric Crossbite Correction | Braces, Retainers, Fluoride, OH MY!
While you probably know the definition or could identify an overbite, have you ever heard of a crossbite? If not, Snodgrass King to your child’s rescue! Let us bring this issue to your attention. We’ll help you identify whether or not your child needs pediatric crossbite correction.
There are two types of crossbites:
1. Anterior Crossbite – top front teeth sit behind lower front teeth
2. Posterior Crossbite – upper back teeth sit inside lower teeth
Crossbites can affect one tooth or several. They can also be found on either or both sides of the mouth. While they are often genetic, there are several general reasons as to why they are discovered in pediatric dentistry.
• Smaller upper jaw than lower jaw
• Delayed loss of baby teeth
• Frequent mouth breathing
• Long-term pacifier use
• Excessive finger/thumb sucking
Don’t think your child needs pediatric crossbite correction? Brace yourself! Crossbites can lead to oral issues and complications such as significant tooth and gum wear, improper jaw growth, and altered or poor mouth function. This means both dental and skeletal problems in your child’s future. Dentists across the aboard agree that crossbites cannot be left untreated.
The severity of your child’s crossbite will determine the proper method of crossbite correction. In many cases, an appliance (such as a rapid palatal expander or RPE) is fixed along the top teeth and slowly widened over a period of weeks in order to “spread” open the mouth. The RPE then remains in your child’s mouth for three to five months as a retainer. This allows the jaw to realign as well as sets the palate in place. Thankfully, this process is relatively quick and generally painless. We want pain free and great results for your children.
Because crossbite correction can be relatively easy with a little time and attention, early pediatric dental care can significantly eliminate harmful side effects and future problems. Why not fix it now?
Is your child chomping at the bit? Let us at Snodgrass King aid in your child’s oral care through pediatric dentistry.
How Can Parents Help?
As a parent, one of your many jobs is to teach proper hygiene to your children, which can, and in many cases should, include early pediatric dental care. I know what some of you may be thinking… braces and retainers and fluoride, oh my! But the truth is that pediatric dentistry can prevent long-term negative oral issues from happening to your child’s pearly whites. At Snodgrass King Dentistry, we set you up with the tools to succeed in your child’s pediatric dental care. Without pediatric dentistry, you and your child may miss crucial red flags that lead to issues such as crooked teeth, cavities, and uneven jaw development.
Some things you should implement in your child’s dental routine include regularly flossing and brushing his/her teeth, visiting the dentist at least twice yearly, and encouraging a balanced diet, as well as drinking water.
On the other hand, there are a handful of habits to break if you see your child developing them. Some include prolonged pacifier use, finger/thumb sucking, constant mouth breathing, inconsistent dental care, and excessively drinking sodas or eating sugary foods.
More nervous to visit us than your child is? Don’t be! We are here to listen and help you, as well as the entire community. Let our pediatric specialists at SnodgrassKing aid in your child’s oral care!