Bite Alignment

What is an Anterior Cross Bite?

Anterior crossbites occur when the upper front teeth are inside of the lower front teeth. Over time, the lower jaw grows abnormally into a forward position, thus inhibiting the upper jaw's growth (maxilla).

After Dr. Bibb eliminates the interference causing the crossbite, the appliance guides the maxilla back into position.

The front of the appliance is moved outward by the expansion screw at the unit's base, and the back teeth are the anchorage.

Closing Gaps In Teeth

When closing a diastema (the gap between teeth), differing amounts of movement between the two teeth is often needed. In this application, Dr. Bibb attaches coil springs to the side of each tooth. An archwire acts as a guide and keeps the teeth from tipping as space is closed.

Misaligned Bite

Class I - A malocclusion where the bite is okay and the top teeth line up with the bottom teeth, but the teeth are crooked, crowded or turned.

Over Bite

Class II - A malocclusion where the upper teeth stick out past the lower teeth commonly referred to as an "over bite," "over jet," "deep bite" or "buck teeth."

Under Bite

Class III - A malocclusion where the lower teeth stick out past the upper teeth called an "under bite".

Correcting an Open Bite.

Anterior open bite refers to a condition where the top and bottom front teeth are not in contact (they do not touch each other when the patient bites). The origins of open bites can be traced to habits that patients have or had in the past and occasionally to discrepancies between the jaws' sizes. Since most open bites in children are associated with an existing habit, treatment usually addresses the habit itself and is most effective when done early. Many appliances are available for treating this condition, and your dentist will discuss in detail the risks and benefits of treating an open bite in children.

Treating a Posterior Crossbite.

A posterior crossbite can appear at an early age, and depending on its cause, mal-positioned teeth or misaligned jaws, a posterior crossbite may warrant early treatment. It can involve one or both sides of the molar area, and in some cases, it can cause a "shift" of the bite. Many appliances are available for treating the condition. Dr. Bibb will discuss in detail the risks and benefits of treating a posterior crossbite.

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