my first concern is about my diastema (3mm) & i want it closed. i would choose the regular braces however if i want to correct my crossbite maybe i'll use an expander first? then after use braces. but if the treatment time & cost would be lesser (if), then maybe lingual braces could be better? (if an ortho would recommend) i mean it's not about the time of treatment if it would take shorter but if i would like to correct both my diastema & crossbite, can lingual brace treat it all in one? advice
Can Lingual Braces Correct Crossbite and Also with Diastema (Upper)?
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Lingual Braces and Crossbite
A crossbite is when the width of the upper arch is narrower than the bottom arch. An expander is a device that widens the upper arch and is generally used when the crossbite in the upper arch is moderate to severe. Orthodontics alone whether it is invisalign or brackets with a wire are pretty good correcting mild crossbites however may not be successful in correcting severe crossbites. So depending on your crossbite you may need to add an expander to get the desired result.
Lingual braces work on any kind of bite
Both of the issues you described can be addressed with lingual braces. However, depending on the type of cross bite and your age, it may be challenging with either normal braces or linguals. I definitely recommend a custom lingual bracket system such as Incognito. Faster, more predictable results. A consultation with an orthodontic specialist, who does linguals (there are only a few) will help you answer the question, based on your particular bite.
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Lingual braces diastema correction
Lingual braces work similar to the outside braces so they should be able to correct the same things. Whether your cross bite can be corrected will depend more on your age and if there is an underlining jaw problem causing it and not as much on what kind of braces you use.
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