Will My Crossbite Stop Me From Getting Veneers?


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Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that Marielaina Perrone DDS uses to help transform ordinary smiles into extraordinary ones in Las Vegas, NV. These thin porcelain shells are custom-fabricated to fit over the natural teeth. 

Veneers can correct broken, misaligned, chipped, and teeth that are discolored. They can also help restore the cosmetic appearance of a crossbite, underbite, or overbite. Veneers are great for patients looking to correct several cosmetic issues, including chips, cracks, stains, or spaces between your teeth. 

Marielaina Perrone, DDS, offers complimentary cosmetic consultations to patients looking to change the shape and size of their teeth with porcelain veneers.

What Is A Crossbite?

A crossbite is a misalignment of the teeth where the upper teeth abnormally fit inside the lower teeth. This can affect a single tooth or multiple teeth in the front, back, or both.

Types Of Crossbites.

Approximately 1 in 7 children develop a posterior crossbite, and about 5 percent develop an anterior crossbite before their permanent teeth eruption. It is essential to undergo interceptive orthodontics to catch these crossbites before they cause further issues.

There are two basic types of crossbite.

Anterior Crossbite

This crossbite occurs when one or more of the top teeth sit behind the bottom teeth. This is specifically a misalignment of your teeth.

Posterior Crossbite

This crossbite occurs when the back upper teeth sit inside the back, bottom teeth.

Crossbites are an orthodontic issue involving a smaller jaw and misaligned or crooked teeth. They may need special orthodontic appliances to correct.


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Crossbite Treatment In Las Vegas

One of the leading causes of a crossbite is an underdeveloped jaw. Treatment for crossbites can involve several types of dental devices to straighten your teeth and widen your jaw. 

Typically, your dentist can use these devices in combination with one another, so your jaw reaches an ideal size as your teeth become aligned perfectly.

Devices that your dentist may use to improve a crossbite include:

Palatal or Maxillary Expander

This device sits on the palate and attaches to the upper teeth, which gradually widens the upper jaw with frequent turns of a special key on the device. This appliance is necessary for moderate to severe cases of jaw expansion. It will remain in place until treatment is complete.

Removable Expander

This expander is a device that adults wear at night to widen their upper palate—used in cases where only minimal expansion is necessary.

Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion

A surgeon performs a procedure that intentionally breaks the jawbone in several places. This breakage allows it to be reset and allows bone growth stimulation to increase the jaw’s size.

Following surgery, the patient will wear a custom appliance to support their jaw as bones grow back in place.

Orthodontic Treatment – Braces or Clear Aligners

Smaller jaws can cause misaligned teeth that lead to a crossbite. Dentists often recommend either Invisalign or traditional braces to adjust the size of the jaw. Patients will wear these in conjunction with the palate expander.

You may not need all of the above treatment options. If you have mild or moderate crossbite issues, you may only require a removable expander and Invisalign.

You could also have a low-risk crossbite that you do not need the expander unless you have cosmetic issues with your smile.

Correcting even a mild crossbite can improve your oral health, appearance, and self-confidence.

Are You A Candidate For Veneers In Las Vegas, NV?

The ideal veneers candidate is a patient with optimal oral health. Dr. Perrone can complete a thorough examination of your teeth for signs of dental issues such as gum disease, plaque, or tooth decay. It is essential that these dental issues are treated before undergoing the porcelain veneers treatment. 

For patients with a crossbite, veneers can be used. In the case of a severe overbite, an orthodontic correction will be necessary before placing porcelain veneers. If you have a crossbite, it is best to choose a well-trained, experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Perrone to ensure you get the best results possible.

You are a good candidate for porcelain veneers in Las Vegas, NV if:

  • You have slightly misaligned or crooked teeth
  • Presence of small gaps or spaces between your teeth
  • Minimal overcrowding present

All patients MUST have healthy teeth and gums before proceeding with any cosmetic procedure, whether veneers or Invisalign. You must eliminate the presence of gum disease and tooth decay before treatment of cosmetic concerns.


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How Are Dental Veneers Installed?

The porcelain veneers procedure at our Las Vegas, NV office includes the following visits:

  1. Initial Consultation: Dr. Perrone can determine if veneers are the best course of treatment for optimal oral health and esthetics.
  2. Preparation: A small amount of enamel will be removed from the front of the teeth. Your dentist will also remove any existing tooth decay present. Finally, the teeth are shaped to correct any chips or gaps.
  3. Selecting Color Of Your New Veneers: This is typically a very personal decision. Most patients select at least two shades lighter than their current smile.
  4. Dental impressions: These detailed impressions of your teeth will allow for the custom creation of your new veneers. The impressions allow for correct fit and excellent esthetics.
  5. Fabrication Of Porcelain Veneers: Your impressions will be sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab to custom fabricate your veneers.
  6. Final Placement: Dr. Perrone will test fit your new dental veneers. These veneers will instantly resize, reshape, and change the color of your natural teeth. At this point, you will evaluate your new smile along with Dr. Perrone. She can make minor adjustments to make sure you are comfortable and happy with your new smile.

Can Veneers Fix A Dental Crossbite?

No, they are not able to. To permanently fix the crossbite, you will need orthodontic treatment (such as Invisalign) to move the teeth to their desired positions. 

After completion of orthodontic treatment, the porcelain veneers procedure can begin to finish the transformation of your smile.

What Is The Lifespan Of Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers typically can last up to 15 years with proper dental health maintenance. Over time, your smile may need repairs and replacement due to trauma or tooth decay. Porcelain veneers need care, just like your natural teeth.

Learn How Veneers Can Dramatically Change Your Smile

Marielaina Perrone, DDS, offers her patients in Las Vegas, NV, cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers, to enhance their smiles. Veneers are sometimes called instant orthodontics because they can instantly straighten smiles. 

 They are an excellent long-term cosmetic solution to restore and enhance any smile. To learn more about veneers when you have a crossbite, call Marielaina Perrone, DDS, at 702-458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation to learn if you are a good candidate for veneers today.