Crossbite is a dental issue that arises when the upper teeth do not rest just slightly in front on the lower teeth. Instead, some of the upper teeth either sit inside or directly on top of the lower teeth when your mouth is closed. It is essential to correct crossbite as quickly as possible, as it will help avoid the potential for discomfort. Moreover, it will help avoid a myriad of further complications which may arise from crossbite, including:
- Reduction in sleep quality
- Failure to masticate properly
- Speech impediments
- Deformation of the jawline
- Crooked smile
- Reduction in confidence and self-esteem
- TMJ joint issues
- Teeth begin to wear out
- Potential for gum disease and tooth loss
In the majority of cases Invisalign is a suitable treatment for crossbite.
Your suitability for the treatment will be discussed in your initial assessment consultation, and before and after images will be used to show the potential transformation. Once an Invisalign plan is agreed with your dentist, you will receive your custom aligners which will aid in correcting your crossbite.
The aligners themselves are effectively invisible and will be worn for a period of seven days before being replaced with a new set. With each set of aligners, minor movements will be made to the teeth until the eventually reach their final position. The amount of time Invisalign treatment takes varies greatly and is mostly based on the severity of the crossbite case. The completion time for Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of the crossbite. If the crossbite severity is minor then it could be corrected in only three months, while more serious issues can take over a year to correct.
Not sure if you have a crossbite? There are several signs to look out for including:
- Discomfort when biting or chewing
- Jaw pain
In most cases a crossbite arises due to genetics, with the condition being inherited from one of your parents. On the other hand, it is possible that a crossbite may arise due to unhealthy habits early on life. These habits include such things as sucking your thumb, extensive breathing through the mouth or using a pacifier for a significant period of time. The other more rarer causes of crossbite are delays or abnormalities during the growth of teeth.
In summary, Invisalign will fix crossbite in most cases but, the length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your case. There are several benefits of using Invisalign to correct crossbite including their comfortable and gentle fit, their invisibility, and their ease of maintenance. You can even take them out to clean or eat unlike traditional metal braces.
If you feel you need teeth straightening treatment, but your lack of confidence, or nervous nature is putting you off getting it resolved, we are the practice for you. Give us a quick call 020 8629 1433 and we’ll happily chat you through your options.