How Invisalign® Can Correct Your Crossbite

How Invisalign® Can Correct Your Crossbite

There are a lot of conditions that can affect the alignment of your teeth. Misalignment isn’t just a confidence killer; it can also lead to problems with your teeth and chewing. One of the common types of misalignment problems you may experience is known as a crossbite. 

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team of dental experts gets you the help you need when you have a crossbite. Dr. Gabriel Polo, our dental specialist, offers many different treatments for misaligned teeth, including clear aligners like Invisalign®.

What is a crossbite?

Most adult teeth don’t come in perfectly shaped and aligned. If you’re one of the many people who suffer with dental problems as a result of misaligned teeth, you know how it affects your appearance and your confidence. However, it can lead to other issues with your mouth as well.

A crossbite is one of the dental problems that causes your teeth to be misaligned. This condition causes your upper teeth to be positioned behind your lower teeth when you close your mouth. Your front teeth can be affected, as well as the teeth toward the back of your mouth.

A crossbite is considered a malocclusion, and can cause problems with talking and biting or chewing food. It can actually signal an issue with your jaw, so it’s best treated when you’re young and still developing.

There are a few consequences of not getting your crossbite treated early. Not only does it affect your confidence, it can lead to these problems as well:

Luckily, Dr. Polo is an expert in malocclusions and misaligned teeth. He offers several options to help you get the smile you can be proud of, including Invisalign.

How can Invisalign help?

Invisalign is one of the best ways for you to successfully treat your crossbite. But how does Invisalign work?

When you first come in for an appointment with Dr. Polo, he assesses your crossbite and determines if Invisalign is an option for you. If it is, Dr. Polo uses digital pictures of your teeth and mouth to figure out where to start your clear aligners.

That information is then sent out to the Invisalign lab, where they take those images and make custom aligners that fit your teeth. Once they’re done, you start wearing your aligners immediately. 

There are several steps to the Invisalign process, meaning there is more than one set of aligners that you’ll wear. Every few weeks, you’ll switch out your aligners for the next set in your treatment plan. Each aligner slowly and gently moves your teeth into their proper alignment.

The trick to Invisalign is that you need to wear your aligners for the entire day and night. The only time you should take your aligners out is to brush your teeth and to eat meals. Other than that, keep your aligners in place to ensure your crossbite is corrected in the shortest amount of time possible.

The length of time that you’ll need to wear the Invisalign aligners depends on the severity of your crossbite and how well you follow the treatment plan. The better you are at keeping your aligners in, the quicker you’ll get a straighter and healthier smile.

If you’re tired of dealing with a crossbite and want to learn more about Invisalign, don’t hesitate to call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your options.

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