Are your upper teeth biting down on your lower teeth’s inside portion? If they are, you might be suffering from a crossbite. Whilst crossbites do not really inflict pain and are somewhat harmless, they could cause serious problems later on. In the past, crossbites could only be treated with expanders or braces. Now, you could address your crossbite with minimally invasive orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign braces.
MiSmile offers additional information about a crossbite and discusses how Invisalign could help.
Is a Crossbite Really That Bad?
Not necessarily, but having a crossbite means that your jaw is misaligned. Many people actually have it but don’t feel any pain from it so they just leave it as it is. A crossbite could develop in two ways. One, some of the upper teeth might bite down on the lower teeth’s inside portion, which makes the upper teeth closer to the tongue than the lower teeth. Two, the lower teeth could bite down on the upper teeth’s inside portion, which makes the lower teeth closer to the cheek than the upper teeth.
Whilst this does not seem bad, a crossbite could actually result in severe dental issues in the future, such as:
- Gum or periodontal disease that could result in bone loss
- Premature teeth wear
- Chewing issues
- TMJ disorders
- Lopsided smile
- Improper jaw development
Fixing a Crossbite with Invisalign
Expanders and traditional braces seem to communicate to everyone that the wearer has dental issues, and this could be quite embarrassing for some. Fortunately, there is Invisalign, an option that could treat most crossbite cases invisibly and successfully. When you begin your Invisalign treatment, you will be given a customised set of clear aligners that are perfectly moulded from your teeth impressions.
Your Invisalign aligners would work gradually to align your jaw and teeth to the proper position without much pain. You will only have to check with your dentist every two months or so to see how you are doing whilst your aligners do their work.