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Clear Aligners For Crossbite

Clear Aligners For Crossbite

With the application of highly advanced plastics and precise software, TT Clear Aligners help patients achieve the perfect smile more precisely and faster than many other types of clear aligner systems. The initial goal of TT Clear Aligners was to provide patients with a more affordable aligner alternative, but they’ve been perfected to the point that they offer better results than other clear aligners. Choosing TT Clear Aligners over braces to treat crossbite offers several excellent benefits, which include virtually invisible, gentle pressure (virtually painless) and removable.

What causes a crossbite?

The reason for a crossbite may probably be owned to genetic elements, abnormal tooth eruption, breathing through the mouth, or bad habits while childhood.


It is the main cause of crossbite. This means that if other people in your family have had a crossbite, it may be more likely that you or your child might develop the condition, too.

In this situation, an orthodontist may recommend a growth modification device for orthodontic treatment once his or her permanent teeth start to grow in.

Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing can alter facial growth. Breathing through the mouth may have an even higher chance of developing a crossbite.

Delayed Eruption of Permanent Teeth

Over-retained teeth refer to baby teeth that have loosened but then tighten back into the gums, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth. If this occurs in the upper jaw, the tooth should be extracted to prevent a crossbite with the tooth or teeth in the lower jaw.

Childhood Habits

These habits include thumb sucking, finger sucking, poor chewing habits, and using a bottle or pacifier excessively.

What happens if a crossbite is not corrected?

If you did not fix it timely, crossbites can cause a myriad of health problems. Along with dental issues such as teeth grinding, irregular wear to the enamel, and loss of teeth, crossbite patients report developing headaches and muscle tension from the abnormal stress placed on the jaw. The problem caused by a crossbite includes:

  • Headaches, toothaches, or jaw aches

  • Pain when chewing or biting

  • Trouble closing your mouth properly

  • Speech impediments such as lisp or slurs

  • Poor sleep quality

  • Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)

  • Pain in jaw joints or muscles

  • Difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene

  • Bacterial growth

  • Plaque build-up

  • Cavities

  • Gum or periodontal disease

  • Tooth loss

Can clear aligners fix a crossbite?

For many types of crossbite, clear aligners are available for fixing the most types. It's particularly effective at addressing dental crossbites, in which only the teeth are affected and not the actual jawbone. In many cases, clear aligners are capable to fix a crossbite faster and easier than braces. Another advantage of a clear aligner is that it offers a great option for fixing crossbite because it covers the entire biting surface of the teeth completely. This keeps teeth from being able to touch each other. IMD Medical has had great success in fixing crossbites with TT Clear Aligners.

Crossbite Before and After

Generally, posterior crossbites are caused by a constricted upper jaw or an abnormally wide lower jaw. A narrow upper jaw will often force a patient to move their lower jaw to the side or forward when closing into a stable bite. When closed into this accommodated position, the lower teeth are located outside the upper teeth. An anterior crossbite is where the upper front teeth develop behind the lower front teeth. Both anterior and posterior crossbites in young children can usually be corrected with a simple expansion appliance. Once all of the permanent teeth have erupted, aligners are usually needed to correct anterior and posterior crossbites.

How long does it take to fix a crossbite?

The completion time for treatment depends on the severity and type of your crossbite. For example, it typically takes between 6 months and 2 years to correct a crossbite with metal braces. Very mild cases may take up to 8 months. If using clear aligners to fix your crossbite, a minor crossbite may probably take only three months to correct, while severe cases may last for up to 18 months. In other situations, if you need jaw surgery, treatment will be longer, especially when you include recovery time.

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