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Can Invisalign Fix Crossbites & Underbites?

A female holding an invisalign tray ready to place in her mouth

The short answer is YES!

Invisalign is a highly effective orthodontic treatment for most crossbites and underbites. There are many cases where Invisalign can fix these problems better than traditional braces.

Now, let’s look at the why and how.

Invisalign for Bite Adjustment

Invisalign straightens teeth through a series of clear aligner trays, gently and gradually moving teeth into their correct position.

Some causes of crossbite and underbite include:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Delayed eruption of permanent teeth
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Losing baby teeth too early or keeping them too late

Failing to treat a crossbite or an underbite can lead to various issues, including damage to teeth and gums and even jaw problems.

Fortunately, Invisalign treatment is highly effective for treating many forms of crossbite and underbite.

What Is a Crossbite?

A crossbite is a malocclusion (bite problem) where the top teeth and bottom teeth do not come together (i.e. bite) in the correct position.

Issues with tooth position, jaw position, or a combination of both can cause crossbites and occur in both the front and back teeth.

Why Does a Crossbite Need to Be Treated?

  • Crossbites can cause jaw growth problems in growing kids and teens
  • Crossbites can be linked to a narrow upper jaw and palate, which can cause bite and breathing issues
  • Early treatment helps prevent future problems
  • Crossbites of the front teeth can cause tooth chipping or gum problems if untreated

You can discover even more on our Invisalign treatment page.

What Is an Underbite?

An underbite is when the lower front teeth stick out in front of your upper teeth.

An untreated underbite can sometimes make it difficult to chew or speak clearly.

It also may increase the unnecessary wearing down of the teeth and the risk of tooth decay.

An underbite can also contribute to

  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Bacterial infections

Correcting an underbite may result in

  • Increased confidence
  • Reduced self-consciousness
  • Reduced chance of certain dental issues

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign clear aligners slowly move your teeth into their correct positions throughout treatment, using a series of slightly different aligners for every stage of your treatment.

You’ll wear your Invisalign aligners for 22+ hours per day. Only remove them to eat, drink, brush, or floss.

The aligners will typically straighten your teeth by 0.25 to 0.3 millimeters within the first two weeks.

After two weeks, you’ll return to Dr. Madhaven for a follow-up appointment. She will review your treatment progress, and you’ll receive your remaining sets of Invisalign aligners.

After that, appointments are roughly every six weeks, and you’ll continue switching your aligners out for new ones every two weeks.

After treatment ends, you can wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth straight for the long run.

With Invisalign, you can enjoy the healthy and beautiful benefits of a straight, functional smile without the hassle of metal brackets and wires.

We understand if you have been thinking about trying Invisalign® but are still unsure about the specifics!

You can arrange your initial consultation with us and feel at ease to be in the hands of a well-trained, caring professional like Dr. Madhaven.

What’s included in your consultation?

  • An oral examination
  • Necessary x-rays and intra-oral photos
  • Consultation with Dr. Madhavan about your options
  • Get all of your questions answered
  • A written treatment plan

Why wait any longer? You’ve got nothing to lose by taking advantage of our complimentary consultation. Book your consultation today!

Contact us:

Asha Madhavan DDS is located in Sammamish, WA, and proudly serves surrounding areas, including Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Bothell, WA.

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