A crossbite is a lateral misalignment of the dental arches. Crossbite, also known as malocclusion, involves the lower or top teeth being located either too close to the tongue or cheek compared to the top or lower level. The following information explains if Invisalign treatment with clear braces is the right treatment for our NYC patients to correct a crossbite.
What causes a crossbite?
The following list includes the most common reasons a crossbite occurs.
- Thumb sucking – The action of thumb sucking puts pressure on the teeth, gums and jaw bone. A child that sucks their thumb long term is causing the width of their palate to become smaller which causes the upper bone to become deformed.
- Genetics – Sometimes people can inherit a crossbite from their ancestors. This happens when the lower jaw bone is wider than the upper jaw bone which causes a misalignment of teeth.
- Mouth breathing – Children that breathe through their mouths instead of their nose often have this habit due to enlarged tonsils. Breathing through the nose is essential to proper development because the tongue rests on the upper palate which helps the jaw naturally grow laterally.
- Abnormal tooth eruption – Generally, baby teeth fall out, and adult teeth grow in to create the perfect bite. However, a crossbite occurs when adult teeth grow in on either the top or lower level but can’t meet with the remaining baby teeth.
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What kind of dental problems can a crossbite cause?
A crossbite can cause pain and stress on the jaw muscles, tooth decay, gum disease, back pain, shoulder pain, and chronic neck pain. Since a crossbite is misaligned, it can also cause discomfort chewing and cause people to eat less which can lead to malnutrition.
Treatment Options for a Crossbite
Invisalign is a custom-made tooth straightening treatment that is in high demand due to its ability to fix a wide range of dental issues including a crossbite. NYC patients can correct their crossbite by following the Invisalign treatment their orthodontist creates. Treatment involves wearing clear, comfortable aligners that are custom made to move teeth into proper alignment gradually.
Benefits of Invisalign Treatment for a Crossbite
- Improved self-esteem
- Few food restrictions
- Easier to care for than standard metal braces
Tips for Using Invisalign for a Crossbite
Invisalign treatment needs to be overseen by a licensed orthodontist. A crossbite is a severe issue that needs to be treated properly to assure the best results. The following tips will help your Invisalign orthodontics treatment go as smoothly as possible to help correct crossbite teeth.
- Remove clear aligners when eating – Always remove the clear aligners when eating and drinking. The only time you can allow the aligners to remain in your mouth is if you drink room temperature water. Chewing food or drinking hot beverages can cause damage to the aligners and delay progress.
- Keep aligners clean – Patient’s are often surprised to see food particles stuck inside the aligners. Always brush your teeth, floss and rinse before putting the aligners back into place. Otherwise, bacteria can multiply causing infection plus plaque and tartar can build up and lead to tooth decay.
- Replace aligners as instructed – It’s easy to forget to change the aligners every two weeks. You can prevent this from happening by setting the alarm to remind you to start using the next set.
A crossbite can be painful and cause numerous issues, but Invisalign can fix the problem. Are you ready to correct your crossbite?
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Please contact Dr. Jacquie Smiles today to learn more orthodontic treatments to correct crossbite teeth with Invisalign clear braces and invisible aligners by calling 212-972-3522 or filling out the contact form to receive additional information. Our office is conveniently located near 30 East 40th Street Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.