In Happy Tooth Dental Clinic we treat orthodontic issues that belong to the following categories:
In the normal occlusion (bite) the upper teeth close out of the lower teeth. There is a high percentage of children though that either on one or both sides the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. This is called cross bite (the patient bites like a cross). If this happens in the primary dentition in most cases we do not need to intervene. But if this is happening with the permanent molars as well, in the age of 7-8 years old, then the dentist needs to expand the upper jaw (maxilla) in order to achieve a right occlusion and to promote the natural growth of both dental arches. This is achieved with special “retainers” that the patient will wear for some months, 2-6 months. These retainers could be removable or permanent according to the dentist’s judgment. These retainers are a first step orthodontic treatment but the parents should be aware that a second step with permanent braces may follow.