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Teeth are not supposed to grow above each other

It doesn't matter whether you laugh, talk, chew or yawn: Your jaw is constantly moving - together with a series of sinews, muscles and joints. Therefore a misaligned tooth affects much more than "just" the teeth themselves.



What is crossbite?

Illustration crossbite Illustration crossbite

Illustration crossbite

Crossbite means that the position of one or more teeth is reversed as teeth cross each other vertically. So, for example, in cases of cross bite the upper incisors lie behind the lower incisors or the lower molars incline further outward than the upper ones.

Closely packed teeth

Illustration closely packed teeth Illustration closely packed teeth

Illustration closely packed teeth

Closely packed teeth are usually difficult to clean. Furthermore, plaque, which is hard to remove, can more easily accumulate in their recesses.

Possible consequences

In cases of crossbite teeth can be subjected to strong wear due to their misalignment. The consequence: Tooth decay or receding gums. Crossbite can also impair chewing, which in turn can give rise to digestive problems. Closely packed teeth are particularly susceptible to plaque, which can damage periodontal tissue and enamel. What is more, an adverse effect on chewing and thus digestion is also possible here.

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