Can Invisalign Fix Crossbite? | Smile Stories

Can Invisalign Fix Crossbite?

When your mouth is closed, your upper teeth should naturally overlap the lower teeth. If your upper teeth rest within the lower teeth, it means you have a misalignment problem known as a crossbite.

Orthodontic issues like crossbites can impact not only the way your smile looks, but also the functionality of your teeth and mouth. Fortunately, Invisalign can effectively treat crossbites in a discreet, quick and comfortable way, with the use of aligners that use gentle pressure to gradually transform your smile and correct the position of your teeth.

Understanding crossbite

What is crossbite? 

A crossbite is a dental misalignment where the upper and lower teeth do not meet correctly when the jaw is closed.

Crossbite can affect a single tooth or multiple teeth and may affect one side of the mouth (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral).

There are two types of crossbite:

Anterior crossbite

When the incisors are positioned within the lower jaw, this is referred to as an anterior crossbite.


Posterior crossbite

In a posterior crossbite, the upper back teeth bite inside the lower back teeth, which can cause some pain and discomfort.

Causes of crossbite

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of a crossbite, with one of the main contributing factors being genetics. Hereditary factors can play a role in dental misalignments, including crossbites, as well as delayed tooth growth, which can disrupt the natural alignment of your teeth.

Prolonged thumb-sucking or use of a dummy in childhood can also alter tooth and jaw positioning, potentially leading to a crossbite.

Why should you fix a crossbite? 

Fixing crossbite is always advised by dentists, but not only because it can cause daily discomfort, but delaying treatment can result in various dental problems, including:

Sleep disturbances

Difficulty biting and chewing

Accumulation of plaque

Speech difficulties

Irregular jawline

Altered smile appearance

Decreased self-confidence

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

Accelerated teeth wear

Gum disease leading to bone loss

Does Invisalign fix crossbites?

In short, yes, Invisalign does help to fix crossbites. If you’re wondering how invisalign works, we’ll explain everything in your Smile Stories consultation.

We will show you the potential transformation of your smile through visual representations of before and after moving images, so you can see the progress of your crossbite correction over time.

Once you’re happy to go ahead with the treatment plan, you’ll be provided with a tailor-made series of aligners designed to fit your teeth perfectly and comfortably.

You’ll wear each set of discreet aligners for around one to two weeks, after which we’ll replace them with the next set, gradually progressing your teeth to their desired alignment.

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How Invisalign helps correct crossbites in 4 simple steps

Invisalign aligners for crossbite

Invisalign offers a discreet and effective solution for addressing crossbites. Here’s how it works:

1. Customised treatment plan

Here at Smile Stories, we create a bespoke treatment plan for you, based on your specific crossbite condition. We’re super high tech, and only use the most advanced 3D imaging technology to design a series of custom-made aligners tailored to your teeth and jaw.

2. Gradual realignment

You will wear a set of aligners for about one to two weeks, after which you’ll switch to the next set in the series. Each aligner applies gentle yet precise pressure on your teeth to guide them toward their correct positions. Over time, this gradual adjustment helps correct the crossbite, giving you your dream smile.

3. Comfortable, convenient & discreet

Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. The aligners are clear and nearly invisible, making them a discreet option for correcting crossbite.

4. Regular progress monitoring with virtual technology

Throughout the treatment process, you will have regular check-ins with us to ensure that the aligners are effectively addressing the crossbite and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

Clever digital technology allows both you and our team to monitor the progress of your treatment and see how your teeth are gradually moving into their correct positions.

The benefits of using Invisalign to fix crossbite

Invisalign has transformed the way we correct crossbites, offering several advantages over traditional braces:

Comfort – Invisalign uses SmartTrack™ material for aligners, ensuring exceptional comfort. They are so comfortable that you may forget you’re wearing them, unlike traditional metal braces.

Invisibility –  Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, maintaining your smile’s natural appearance.

Removable – Unlike fixed metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be effortlessly removed for eating, drinking, and brushing / flossing. 

Flexibility – Invisalign doesn’t disrupt your daily life. You can temporarily remove them for special events or occasions as needed.

Cutting-edge technology –  Invisalign uses state-of-the-art technology to customise your treatment plan, creating a tailored solution for your smile.

Accurate, predictable results – With over 14 million people having benefited from Invisalign, their results have been meticulously analysed to ensure precise and predictable results for your overbite correction.

The success of Invisalign treatment for a crossbite depends on the severity of the misalignment, and as always, in more complex cases, traditional braces or other orthodontic interventions may be recommended. However, Invisalign has proven effective in addressing many mild to moderate crossbite cases, offering a more discreet and convenient option for crossbite correction.

If you suspect you have a crossbite or any other misalignment issue, get in touch with us so we can discuss the best treatment plan for you. We’d love to help you feel confident about your smile, just like we’ve helped one or two people in the past, so why not check out our smile stories!

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