Anterior Crossbite


In this article by, They Explain about anterior crossbite, its prevalence, etiological factors, management, treatment and some case reports.

Anterior Crossbite

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An abnormal relationship of a tooth or teeth to the opposing teeth, in which normal buccolingual or labiolingual relationships are reversed.


The incidence in caucasieans ranges between 2% and 4%.

Etiological Factors

  • Skeletal
    •  Genetic predisposition
    •  Embryological defective development
    • Class III malocclusionmandibular prognathia , Insuffecient maxillary
  •  Dental
    •  Lingual eruption path of maxillary anterior teeth
    •  Trauma to deciduous dentition in which there is displacement of tooth buds
    •   Retained deciduous causing lingual eruption of permanent teeth
    •   Supernumerary teeth
  • Functional
    • Habits
      • Digital or pacifer sucking habits
      • Oral respiration
      • Low tongue position
      • Stomach sleeping posture
      • Tongue trusting
    • Pseudo Class III
      •  Class I skeletal relationship
      •  Insuffecient maxillary overjet and incisor interference
      •  Multi-tooth anterior crossbite may result from a functional shift of the mandible in an effort to avoid anterior interference in centric relation and to achieve maximum inter-cuspation.


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The period of mixed dentition offers the greatest opportunity for occlusl guidance and interception of malocclusion. Here is a few Management care reports:


  • Can be controlled during growth by growth modification appliances, such as: Protracion face masks.

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  • Dental and  Removable acrylic appliances,  functional Removable acrylic appliances , with posterior bite

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Case Reports

Case 1

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Case 2

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Case 3

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Dr Oussama SANDID Orthodontist (D.C.D-DUO -CES.ODF Ex-charge de cours. CECSMO Paris, France) and founder of OrthoFree: The Orthodontists Online Community. A dedicated Orthodontic website created in 2006. A Dental Community with over 200 authors and over 10000 articles posted for Communication and information in orthodontics specially designed for Continuing education online.

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