Oftentimes, what we often clinically observe when young people come into the office are either a crossbite or an underbite. I'll discuss them as two separate conditions.
First, let's talk about an underbite. An underbite is usually quite noticeable to parents because their child's lower jaw has actually grown more quickly than the upper jaw. This condition is referred to as a Class III malocclusion, where the lower jaw protrudes. Sometimes, it can occur if the upper teeth grow inward slightly, resulting in what we call a crossbite. In most cases, we aim to correct these issues as soon as we identify them because untreated underbites and crossbites can lead to improper growth patterns.
The other common type of crossbite is the posterior crossbite, affecting the back teeth. This can also significantly impact growth because, when left untreated, it may cause asymmetrical growth. This means the chin can develop crookedly, depending on which side the crossbite is on. Fortunately, it's a relatively simple issue to correct, but accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial. It's essential to have a dental professional assess this. So, if you have any questions about these conditions, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
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