Crossbite Treatment Options for Kids
Crossbite in children can be caused by a number of factors. Genetics is one of the most prevalent causes of this condition. However, certain oral habits, like tongue thrusting and thumb sucking can do enough damage to ruin occlusion as well.
Dr. Hauser is not only a CEREC specialist but a pediatric dentist as well. With over 20 years of experience, he has handled numerous cross bite cases and he believes that the best way to get good results is to start the treatment early.
Prevention over Cure
Before we discuss crossbite treatment options, it would be best to talk about how to prevent it. Since it can be caused by habitual factors, the best way to avoid this type of malocclusion is by trying to curb any unwanted oral habits, like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting as early as possible.
According to behavioral specialists, children may use these habits as a coping mechanism or as a form of entertainment when they feel bored. The best way to deal with that would be to observe your child. Does the child seem stressed? Are there enough activities to keep him or her busy? Should you allow your child more play time before bedtime?
Dr. Hauser of Lakefront Family Dentistry is a CEREC restorative specialist and also an expert in both orthodontic and pediatric dental cases. He believes that these oral habits are psychological and therefore, they will take time to correct.
According to Dr. Hauser, parents should avoid nagging their children when they come across the child indulging in either tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. The easiest way to correct the problem is to try to deflect it. You can slowly take the hand away from the mouth or ask the child a question. An orthodontic pacifier may also do the trick.
Common Myth: We Can Wait Till They’re Older
Crossbites are nothing like the common cold. They do not go away on their own. Therefore, if a dentist suggests to wait until the child is older for treatment, it may be time to switch to another practitioner. Early treatment should always be the first option, especially if you have a cooperative child. Please note that treatment can begin as early as 3 years old.
Crossbite Treatment in Kids
There are many orthodontic techniques that can be used to correct crossbites. However, the efficacy will vary based on the type of crossbite and the severity of it. This type of malocclusion should be treated as soon as it is spotted. Therefore, it would not be advisable to wait until all of the permanent dentition has erupted.
Various appliances can be used to treat the problem. Some options are the Hawley retainer, a reverse stainless crown, a palatal extender, adding an inclined plane to the teeth that are affected and biting on a tongue blade. Invisalign is another option for 11 to 12 year olds. However, this can only be used if all permanent teeth are present.
Crossbite is a condition that can lead to serious oral and facial problems if left untreated. This is why it is important to act fast. If you want to learn more about Lakefront Family Dentistry and how Dr. Derek Hauser Treats Crossbite in Children, call at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Now.