Is 8-Years-Old Too Young to See an Orthodontist About a Crossbite?

by Nikki Doyle | December 4, 2019 11:45 am


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My dentist said my 8-year-old child has a crossbite and should see an Orthodontist. He still has a lot of baby teeth, when should this be fixed?

– Concerned Parent


Dear Concerned Parent,

It’s great that your Dentist has referred you to see an Orthodontic specialist!

Orthodontists are specialists who get a few years of training after dental school in the alignment of teeth and jaws. An Orthodontist monitors jaw growth from when a child is very young, starting around 7-years-old. This allows early detection of bite problems, such as the crossbite your child has.

Crossbites can involve front teeth or back teeth. In either case, this should be corrected at a young age, while the jaw is still developing. A crossbite can cause uneven jaw growth, a shift in the bite to compensate for the problem, and unwanted wear on the tooth enamel.

A crossbite can be caused by genetics, prolonged habits such as thumb sucking, as well as delayed or abnormal loss of baby teeth.

Treatment includes expanders and/or braces, or in certain cases, Invisalign. Treatment of crossbites in adults usually requires jaw surgery to correct. As a Board Certified Orthodontist, I recommend getting an Orthodontic consultation soon, to ensure the best orthodontic treatment outcome for your child.

Did you know Barakat Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations? Schedule yours today online[3] or by calling/texting (703) 433-9330.

– Dr. Barakat


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Dr. Rana Barakat, a board-certified specialist in Orthodontics, has been proudly serving Northern Virginia for more than 20-years! She has built her practice on a personal touch and excellent treatment.

As a parent, she understands wanting the best for your children in giving them beautiful, confident smiles. She makes it a priority to ensure optimal results, but also believes that each patient’s experience during treatment is just as important as the clinical result. As the 2015-16 President of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Barakat’s dedication and expertise reflect why her peers continue to nominate her as a Top Dentist.

Barakat Orthodontics is located at 45745 Nokes Blvd., Ste. 175, Sterling, VA 20166. Connect with them by clicking: Online[5], Facebook[6], Twitter[7], and calling: (703) 433-9330.

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