One of Our Happy Patients!
Look what a beautiful smile our patient had at age 4 – a wide, broad smile, no crossbite, no overbite. It was perfect, so what happened? Since his bite was perfect and he had plenty of room, we know the crowding he developed was not genetic – it is environmental.
I will give you an example that we see often. Perhaps the family brought a new pet into the house and our 4-year-old patient was allergic but no one knew. He just started to be congested all the time and slept with his mouth open. Maybe he would mouth-breathe during the day and before he knew it, this became a habit. Perhaps, if he continued to use his nose although he was congested, his nose would have cleared up and he would have not ended up with such a narrow arch and anterior cross bite.
Once you start the habit, it is hard to stop. This patient kept swallowing wrong for all these years and breathing through his mouth, which caused his baby teeth to not pop out due to his reverse swallow. Every time he swallowed, his strong cheek muscles would push the cheeks in and he started to become more and more narrow.