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Can Invisalign Fix a Crossbite?

If you want to correct your smile but are really dreading the idea of getting traditional metal braces, then Invisalign may be just the right answer for you.

Invisalign uses clear trays placed on the teeth to help them shift back into their natural position. These trays are adjusted to apply different pressure on the teeth and cause them to slowly move throughout treatment.

Charlotte Invisalign treatment can help with different issues, such as:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Overbite and underbite
  • Open bite and crossbite

If you’ve seen crossbite on this list and are now excited to get the treatment, it’s best to talk to your dentist first. Depending on your particular situation, Invisalign may not be the right solution for you and you may need a different type of treatment to correct your dental problems.

So, Can Invisalign Fix a Crossbite?

Yes, Invisalign can fix a crossbite.

A crossbite is when your teeth do not align properly when you close your mouth. It can happen to one tooth or several, and usually, it’s the upper part that is outside of the lower part of your teeth.

Crossbites can be either posterior or anterior, depending on which side of the teeth sits outside.

During your visit, the orthodontist will examine your crossbite and evaluate the best treatment plan for you. After the treatment is set, you will receive your personalized aligners.

How Long Does It Take to Fix a Crossbite?

The length of the treatment depends on how severe the crossbite is. One of the great things about Invisalign is that the aligners can be taken off for eating and cleaning. Keep in mind that if you spend too much time without them throughout the day, the duration of the treatment will be affected.

If the issue is minor, the treatment can last around 3 months, but if the issue is more severe it can take up to 18 months to bring it to the desired results.

Why Should You Treat Your Crossbite?

Leaving the aesthetic reasons aside, you would want to fix a crossbite because not addressing it can lead to several major oral health issues:

  • Chipped and damaged teeth
  • The jawbone can grow asymmetrically affecting the structure of the facial bones
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
  • Sleep problems
  • Teeth grinding
  • Irregular wear of the tooth enamel
  • Tooth loss
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension

If you want to learn more about Invisalign and crossbite, or any other oral health issue, we welcome you to our practice.

At SouthEnd Dentistry, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services. We have extensive experience and can handle even the most challenging or complex cases.

Do you have a question for us or want to schedule an appointment? We are happy to share our knowledge with our patients, so you can easily reach out to us by contacting us online.

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