Crossbite Correction and Treatment Options

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Most notable when you smile, a crossbite occurs when your upper teeth and lower teeth don’t quite meet up as they should. And those who are affected by a crossbite now have plenty of options to achieve the gorgeous smile they have always coveted. Here’s a look at some of the most common ways to correct a crossbite.


Braces are the most widely used solution for crossbites among both children and adults. The metal braces attach to the teeth and then tighten in order to align the bite in the correct position.

Tooth Removal

Aligning your teeth could be as easy as removing a tooth or two. Some dentists find this method the best choice when crowding is the cause of the crossbite.

Palatal Expanders

Dental professionals use these tools to gradually widen or expand the size of the upper jaw. And there are two different kind of palatal expanders used for crossbite correction. Fixed expanders attach to upper molars and are widened using a special key, while removable expanders are recommended for moderate crossbites and worn at night.

Dental Restoration

Your dentist may even suggest using various forms of dental restoration to correct a crossbite or misaligned bite. These methods include caps, bonds, shaving, shaping and more.

 Jaw Surgery

The older you are, the more difficult it can be to correct your crossbite. This is because the jaw sets and stops growing at a certain age. For this reason, sometimes the best option for adults with crossbites is to have their jaw realigned. This procedure is performed by breaking the jaw bones and then wearing a brace during recovery that heals and molds them with proper alignment.

Don’t let a crossbite stop you from smiling. Read over our list of crosssbite treatment options and then make an appointment to consult with your dentist in Clinton, Baltimore, or Hanover. Since every situation is unique, it’s recommended you take the advice of a professional before deciding on a treatment plan and our team is ready to coach you through the best option for you!

March Promotion – Dental Implants


Why are dental implants often the first choice and a standard of care compared to other options to restore missing or damaged teeth?

  • Next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.  Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.
  • Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
  • Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth!  No need to stay home or feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worrying that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun or that removable dentures or tooth-supported replacement teeth will loosen or fall out when you talk, eat or laugh. Teeth restored with dental implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.
  • Retain your natural face shape, and smile.  A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
  • Protect healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
  • Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup. Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.
  • Speak easy.  Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth.
  • Eat your favorite foods! Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with dental implants, too.
  • Look Mom, no cavities! Cavities can’t occur in an implant-restored crown, or replacement tooth; however, you will need to visit your dentist as scheduled and clean and care for it and your gums and mouth every day, the same as you would if it were a natural tooth.
  • Keep teeth in place – silently. Dentures may slip when you eat, talk, smile, laugh, kiss, yawn or cough, so that you have to “reposition” them back into place in the mouth. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth won’t move, click or shift.
  • Protect your healthy teeth. Placing a tooth-supported bridge requires grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.
  • More predictable than other repair and restoration methods. Dental implant treatment has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth, including bridgework, removable appliances and retreatment of failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.

If you are interested in dental implants in Baltimore, Hanover, or Clinton, give our offices a call today!  We look forward to helping restore your smile with a permanent and natural solution.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Baltimore, MDThere are a variety of dental procedures which require sedation and there are some patients who insist on being sedated no matter how minor the procedure may be. This is why most dental offices offer at least more than one option when it comes to procedural sedation. Here is a look at the three most common forms of sedation and what makes them differ.

Nitrous Oxide

Dental nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas”, is a mix of a gentle sedative and oxygen. It won’t put you to sleep and you will still be able to hear and see what is going on around you but it will make certain dental procedures much more comfortable.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is achieved be administering a combination of sedatives and an anesthetic. This will sedate you and you may not be able to speak or move but you will still be alert. Conscious sedation is typically only used for more serious surgeries or lengthy procedures.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation, referred to as IV sedation for short, consists of administering a sedative straight to the blood stream through an IV. Depending on the dosage given to you by the anesthetic professional, you will likely be completely ‘asleep’ for the entire procedure. Your memory may also briefly lapse once the sedation begins to wear off, but everything should gradually return to normal.

You no longer have to fear those visits to the dentist’s office because of the potential pain. Make sure you discuss your sedation options with our dentists at Horizon Family Dental Care before scheduling your procedure in order to determine which one would be best for you. Also, don’t forget to consider that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment if you are going to be sedated since some sedatives can impair your driving.  Our professional staff and dentists in Baltimore, Hanover, and Clinton Maryland are dedicated to your comfort while in our dental offices!