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Posterior bilateral cross bite

10/19/2006

Question:

what is the best age to treat and are braces required?

Answer:

Bilateral cross bites, if they are significant, should be treated as early as practical, with a first stage of therapy followed by observation. What is important is to record a centric relation bite registration so that the cross bite is not due to some tooth caused discrepancy which results in a shift of the mandible to one side.

Taking an accurate centric relation bite and mounting casts with that registration on a fully adjustable articulator will provide the necessary information as to the nature and extent of the cross bite.

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Response by:

Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University