Can Invisalign® Treatment Help Correct Crossbites?

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The modern advancements in dental and orthodontic technology in recent decades have made it more possible and convenient than ever to achieve a straight, beautiful, healthy smile. Among the most popular and in-demand dental services today is Invisalign treatment, which is a specialized system used to straighten teeth without the downsides of traditional metal braces.

At Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates, Dr. Angela Ferrari and our dedicated Farmingdale, NY dental team are committed to offering the most current and effective tools and technologies available today — including Invisalign clear aligners — to meet the dynamic needs and preferences of our patients. One of the first questions most patients ask about Invisalign treatment is whether they are good candidates, meaning whether their specific dental concerns may be correctable with Invisalign aligners. For example, you may be wondering whether Invisalign treatment would be effective for a crossbite. Find the answer to this question and other Invisalign FAQs here.

What is a crossbite?

Much like an overbite or underbite, a crossbite is a form of bite misalignment between the upper and lower arch — meaning the upper and lower teeth don't match up properly. In a crossbite, rather than one arch projecting further forward than the other, the two arches are horizontally misaligned. Having a crossbite can be a cosmetic nuisance and can also make it difficult or uncomfortable to chew, eat, speak, and more.

Will Invisalign aligners correct a crossbite?

Many patients are surprised to learn that crossbites are often correctable with Invisalign clear aligners, removing the need for traditional metal braces and other orthodontic treatments that may come with unwanted downsides. However, it is important for patients to understand that everyone's dental anatomy is unique and that a comprehensive consultation and exam with Dr. Ferrari will be necessary to determine whether Invisalign aligners may be an appropriate and effective treatment for each patient's crossbite. Generally speaking, individuals whose crossbite is relatively mild may be considered more suitable candidates for Invisalign aligners as a primary treatment, while patients with severe crossbites may require a more traditional orthodontic treatment in addition to, or instead of, Invisalign aligners.

What else can Invisalign treatment help with?

Again, patients are often surprised to find out just how versatile Invisalign clear aligners are in addressing the majority of orthodontic needs that traditional metal braces do. Some of the most common issues that can be improved or corrected with Invisalign treatment include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Mild tooth rotation
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Bite misalignment

How long does Invisalign treatment take to fix a crossbite?

On average, the treatment time for Invisalign aligners is typically around 12 months, though this can vary based on how closely the patient adheres to their treatment guidelines, the nature and severity of their orthodontic needs, and other factors. For the most efficient treatment and successful Invisalign outcome possible, patients should be sure to wear their clear aligners for at least 20 – 22 hours per day and attend their follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Not interested in braces but still want to correct your crossbite? You may be a candidate for Invisalign aligners in Farmingdale, NY

If the appearance, discomfort, and inconvenience of traditional metal braces leave you feeling discouraged about your options for correcting a crossbite or straightening your smile — you may be in luck. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can join the many men, women, and teens who have transformed their smiles the easy way. For more information about the benefits of Invisalign treatment for a crossbite and other orthodontic needs, don't hesitate to call Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates to schedule your comprehensive orthodontic exam and consultation with Farmingdale, NY Invisalign provider Dr. Angela Ferrari today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.