An underbite is where the lower teeth extend in front of the upper teeth. This can cause issues with the child’s bite and lead to wear and damage to the front teeth. An underbite can be readily treated by early orthodontics in the form of an expansion appliance.
A narrow upper jaw often causes severe tooth crowding. An expansion appliance is an effective treatment to gently widen the jaw and provide much-needed space for adult teeth to descend into. In some instances, an expansion appliance can negate the need for braces later in life as well as providing a much more pleasing profile for your child’s face. The widening of the upper jaw will also improve the ability of your child to breathe through their nose.
A crossbite can present in many forms, but its most straightforward description is when the top teeth are biting inside of the bottom teeth. This can cause an increased risk of tooth wear as well as functional problems for chewing and joint pain. A crossbite is very treatable with early orthodontics in the form of an expansion appliance which can push the upper teeth into their correct positioning.