Crossbite is a common dental condition that can lead to complications if not treated. One of the most common treatments for this condition is Invisalign. In fact, there is some indication that Invisalign is more effective than traditional braces when it comes to crossbite.
Crossbite is a type of misalignment, or malocclusion, where your upper and lower teeth do not align properly. More specifically, some of the bottom teeth are outside of the top teeth with the jaw closed.
Most cases of crossbite are hereditary, that is the patient is born with a jaw that is too big or too small. However, a crossbite may be due to bad habits. Some of the most common causes of crossbite are as follows:
If you do not treat crossbite, you may face a variety of problems, including damage to your teeth/gums and problems with your jaw. As mentioned, Invisalign clear aligners are highly effective for treating crossbite.
Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that came onto the scene in the late 1990s. Since that time, it has been touted as a desirable, effective alternative to traditional braces. The transparent plastic aligners apply pressure to your teeth, gently shifting them to their appropriate position.
Here's how they work:
Some of the advantages that Invisalign has over traditional braces is that the aligners are comfortable, discrete, and convenient. Also, when it comes to correcting crossbite, Invisalign has another advantage: it covers the whole biting surface of the teeth.
The reason that Invisalign is effective at fixing crossbites is that it puts a separation between your upper and lower arches. Since the teeth are not touching, one tooth in the crossbite can't stand in the way of another one shifting. Therefore, the process is much easier and faster than it would be with traditional braces.
Traditional braces alone can't keep the teeth separate without fixed acrylic dental appliances or bite blocks- which are extremely uncomfortable.
Invisalign can fix dental crossbites, which are caused by misaligned teeth. On the other hand, if your crossbite is due to skeletal irregularities, such as jaw issues, you will probably need traditional or lingual braces instead.
For most patients, a crossbite can be fixed by Invisalign within 12 to 36 months. As with other treatments, the time varies based on the severity of the condition and how compliant the patient is with wearing the aligners.
Also, if you have multiple issues, such as a crossbite with overcrowded teeth, treatment time will be longer.
At Invisalign Toronto, our packages start at $2,900. This includes all of your aligners, a retainer to wear following treatment, your initial consultation, and supervised treatment. Your insurance plan may cover a portion of the treatment, speak with our office staff and we'll help you find out what your plan does or does not cover.
When you are determining your best course of treatment, it's a good idea to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each option. The advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign for fixing crossbite are:
We know that Invisalign is effective for treating crossbite due to tooth misalignments, not for skeletal issues. If this is the cause of your crossbite, you will likely need alternative treatment.
It is important to note though, skeletal crossbites are easier to treat in children and teens because their jaws are still growing and can easily be redirected.
Alternative treatments include:
While you may not feel that your crossbite is that serious, it is important to have it fixed because it can lead to severe complications. This is one of the more serious bite issues. Some of the complications it may lead to include:
If you have a crossbite and you're interested in having it fixed, schedule a consultation with Invisalign Toronto today. Dr. Jeremy Kurtz has treated more than 3,000 people with Invisalign, making him a top 1% Invisalign provider. He can help you determine the best course of action for your situation.