Orthodontic appliances for crossbite are one of a number of orthodontic appliances that are available to correct crooked teeth and jaw misalignment. Not many people feel good about themselves if they have crooked teeth. They usually avoid laughing out loud and even smiling. Teeth straightening can go a long way when it comes to improving self-esteem and confidence. Proper teeth alignment also has health benefits. Gum disease is less likely to occur in teeth that are properly aligned and spaced. Gum disease can lead to loosening of teeth and even to loss of teeth. Difficulty speaking or chewing can also be improved with proper bite and tooth alignment.
Orthodontic appliances for crossbite may take the form of traditional braces that are affixed to the teeth with brackets. The brackets may be mounted on the back side or front side of the teeth. Orthodontic appliances for crossbite may also consist of a series of clear plastic mouth trays that gradually move the teeth into their proper positions. These progressive trays allow the patient to remove the orthodontic appliances for crossbite in order to allow for easy access of the teeth for cleaning. Braces that are orthodontic appliances for underbite and orthodontic appliances for overbite, as well as those for crossbite, present oral hygiene challenges. Brushing and flossing are essential tasks. Floss threaders are special thin plastic loops that allow the floss to go into the space between the teeth and also between the gums and braces.
People of any age can opt for orthodontia to fix the alignment of their teeth and jaw, however, if problems are caught early, they are more easily corrected. Children should have regular dental examinations, especially as the second teeth begin to appear, so that the dentist can spot problems and suggest the right kind of interventions.