Affordable Crossbite orthodontic treatment Melbourne
Crossbite is a form of malocclusion (or imperfect bite) where the teeth do not align properly. When the patient bites, some (or all) of the teeth do not meet together and are angled out towards the cheeks or in towards the tongue.In an ideal bite, the teeth close easily and lightly together in a zig-zag manner and make it easy to speak, chew and maintain good oral hygiene.
Patients with crossbite problems may also experience other related issues, including:
- self-consciousness about their appearance
- difficulty biting and chewing
- jaw pain – the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that joins the jaws together and allows movement for talking, eating and facial expressions such as smiling.
There are several causes of crossbite:
- delayed or abnormal eruption of the teeth – if the teeth do not come through until later, they may be forced out of position by the surrounding teeth
- thumb or finger sucking, or prolonged use of a dummy (after about 3 years of age)
- upper airway obstruction – this can cause mouth breathing and result in changes in the growth of the teeth and jaws
- inheritance – other family members may also have crossbite problems
There are several treatment possibilities, which will be discussed with you at your free initial consultation. These include:
- wearing of a palatal or maxillary expander (to gradually expand either the upper or lower jaw)
- braces or Invisalign
- orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery)
How Smile Avenue can help you
At Smile Avenue Orthodontics, the first consultation is free for every new patient. This gives you the opportunity to talk with our doctors about your problem and to ask any questions you may have. Our doctors are experienced in many different types of treatment and will outline a suggested treatment plan for you.
Experience and research in orthodontics
We use evidence-based methods, to ensure that we get the best outcome for you and your smile. This sets us apart from other orthodontic practices and means that we base all of our work on sound research and years of experience.
Our treating orthodontists have written numerous research publications in the field of complex orthodontics, which their work has been published in leading journals. Please click here to browse through our extensive body of research work.
Interest-free payment plan
We offer affordable, no deposit and interest-free, low deposit flexible payment plan to all patients. We also offer group discounts for families with more than one patient requiring treatment.
Gap-free 3D scanner
Our practice has the most up to date digital scanner technology, that allows us to show you the results before treatment commences. We take a digital scan of your teeth and show you how your teeth will look at stages throughout your treatment and at the conclusion of your treatment. Patients find it comforting to see their treatment results before even starting out the treatment. Gap-free 3d scan with any dental cover or free if you don't have any insurance.
Gap-free orthodontic X-rays.
If you have any dental cover your Xrays are gap-free.
Can a crossbite be treated without braces?
Crossbite treatment generally involves braces to reposition the teeth. However, treatment without braces is possible and involves orthodontic expansion places particularly in young patients.
Can a crossbite be treated with Invisalign?
Crossbite treatment generally involves braces treatment, so patients will be able to choose the type of brace they prefer. This includes Invisalign (clear aligners), Hawley (traditional braces) or lingual braces (behind the teeth, near the tongue). Your orthodontist will discuss the various options with you and help you to decide which is best for your individual circumstances.
How old does a child need to be, to have crossbite treatment?
The recommendation from the Australian Society of Orthodontists is for children between 8 and 10 to have their first assessment by an orthodontist. In some cases, early intervention may be recommended, while in other cases it is recommended that treatment be delayed until the child is older. Your specialist will consider your child’s individual circumstances and discuss the options with you.
Can adults be treated for crossbite?
Crossbite can be treated at any age. Treatment is common with braces - either traditional braces (wires and brackets) or Invisalign (clear, removable braces).
What are the treatment costs?
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