Crossbite is a dental condition that affects the alignment of the teeth. The upper teeth fit behind the lower teeth when your mouth remains closed. It is fixed by using braces, palatal expanders, headgears, tooth removal, and surgery. Untreated crossbite causes jaw pain and jaw problems.

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I have a crossbite. Can this be fixed with braces, or will I have to undergo surgery?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 16-year-old, and I have a crossbite. It is a huge insecurity for me. I did not have a crossbite when I was younger, but my jaw started getting more asymmetrical as I grew. Can this be fixed with braces, or will I have to undergo surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Crossbite is a condition when your teeth come in contact with each other in an abnormal manner. There are multiple types of crossbite - anterior (front teeth) or posterior (back teeth). It could be on one side or both sides. Depending on the condition, the tre...  Read Full »

Does using a removable cross expander help resolve crossbite?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a crossbite problem. I would like to cure it. What should I do? I have read about removable palate expander. Can it be the solution for my problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to can occur in the front teeth as well as back teeth or even sometimes due to variation in the jaw development. Also, the severity of cross bite that is, the number of teeth involved depends on the success of the treatment.Only a removable appliance could not be e...  Read Full »

What is Kikuchi lymphadenitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a CT scan with contrast (upper abdomen, lungs, head, and neck) due to multiple enlarged right cervical lymph nodes. On biopsy, I was diagnosed with Kikuchi lymphadenitis. However, my left TMJ and masseter muscle are more bulging out compared to my right side. I do suffer from TMD d...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruchi Bahuguna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on the image you have uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there is no mass or inflammation in the left parotid region. Fat planes around the left parotid region's anatomical structures are well maintained, which again goes against any...  Read Full »

Please give your opinion on my teeth alignment.

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached my crossbite image. I would like to know about the treatment or brace that is suitable for me. What is your opinion about alignment? Can Invisible alignment treatment correct my problem? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have one upper anterior tooth in crossbite with the lower anterior tooth (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There seems to be sufficient space to bring the tooth in line with the other teeth. To do so, we must disocclude or raise your bite. This will al...  Read Full »

Why have I developed crossbite after ortho treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had braces before two years. During that time, I had a jaw expander for my upper teeth as they were too crowded. I was wondering if my dentist is giving me false information because she is scared as she will ruin my teeth. From my picture the lip piercing side is my left side and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to By looking at the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that the tooth is slightly tilted. It is definitely due to the pulling force of the elastics to close the spaces and bring the teeth into alignment. The slight inward tilt is normal in the...  Read Full »

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