- 1 People Also Ask
- 2 What is an Underbite?
- 3 How to Correct an Underbite Without Surgery?
- 4 What Causes an Underbite?
- 5 What is Surgery?
- 6 Know Your Bite
- 7 Come Visit Us
- 8 Conclusion
Incorrect bites are common problems that cause people embarrassment because it alters their appearance. Underbites occur when your top and bottom teeth do not align properly and the bottom tends to overlap the top ones. While an underbite is often visible from the front of your face, your profile tends to be the most affected. You may also notice issues such as difficulty chewing or speaking if your underbite is especially pronounced. In this post, we’ll take you through underbite correction without surgery. Let’s get going.
People Also Ask
- Can an underbite be corrected?
- How do you make an underbite less noticeable?
- How can you fix an overbite without surgery?
What is an Underbite?
An underbite, known also as ‘mandibular prognathism,’ this is a Class 3 malocclusion. Underbites are evident when a person’s lower jaw protrudes in front of the upper jaw. The discrepancy shows the chin and lower teeth the most.
A person’s underbite may be the result of misaligned teeth or abnormal tooth formation. The results of this are not good for your health and facial structure.
How to Correct an Underbite Without Surgery?
Unfortunately, many people think that the only way to fix an underbite is to have surgery. And this false belief could cause you to go years without seeking help. If you struggle with an incorrect bite and don’t want surgery, then you may naturally be wondering are there other ways to fix severe underbite if surgery is not an option. You can use this guide to find the answers to your questions and get started on finding an acceptable method for treatment.
What Causes an Underbite?
Your underbite is not your fault. In fact, you’ve likely always had an underbite and didn’t worry about it until you got older. In most cases, an underbite is caused by genetics, and you may have an incorrect bite if one of your parents also struggle with orthodontic problems.
Essentially, you were born with your jaw and teeth structure, and you now have the choice to fix it. In some cases, however, your bite may have changed due to habits or behaviors such as sucking your thumb or mouth breathing. In those instances, you may need to change any remaining habits that change your bite as you explore your treatment options.
Jaw Surgery Alternative to Treat Underbites
Anytime you can avoid surgery, you benefit from having an easier recovery. However, you should keep in mind that severe underbites might require surgical treatment, but this is extremely rare. Instead, common orthodontic treatments to treat your underbite may be used such as Invisalign, traditional metal braces, and other appliances we list later. Invisalign is a very popular method with both orthodontists and patients.
Invisalign works similarly to braces, but rather than adjusting the wires every few weeks, the patient will receive a new set of aligners designed to straighten their teeth. The aligners must be worn at all times except when eating, brushing the teeth, or flossing. As patients progress through the series of aligners, their teeth will be slowly re-positioned until they reach their final position.
The total treatment time when using Invisalign can be anywhere from 9-15 months, but it varies from patient to patient. A number of aligners are given at one time, so rather than coming in every two weeks, you’ll only need to visit every six weeks to ensure your teeth are aligning properly.
Although orthodontic treatment always requires your compliance with the treatment plan, you will find that most of what is expected of you is fairly simple. For example, you will be expected to attend your orthodontic appointments and keep up with your oral hygiene. Certain types of treatments such as metal braces may also require you to change your diet and wear protective mouthguards during contact sports.
What Are My Options for Severe Underbite?
Every person is unique, which means that you must work with your orthodontist to know for sure what your options are if you want a solution for your severe underbite. For severe underbites, you may need to consider a treatment slowly realigns your jaw such as braces.
Following treatment, you may also need to wear a retainer. This helps to retrain your teeth and ligaments to stay in their desired places. When your underbite is severe, you may need special types of appliances that work in ways that braces do not.
These can be fitted to the upper jaw that you wear overnight. Each night, you use a special mechanism to expand the device slightly so that pressure is placed on the components of the roof of your mouth. This pressure helps to open up your top teeth so that they fit differently over your bottom teeth.
Reverse-pull Face Mask or Headgear
This device involves placing bands on your back teeth that connect to a band around the back of your head. Over time, this band places pressure on your jaw that causes it to fall into the correct place. Depending upon the severity of your underbite and how fast you want it corrected, you may be able to wear only at night so that you can continue to work or go to school without feeling uncomfortable with your appearance.
While surgery and tooth extractions may be recommended for some severe cases, you can still rest assured that braces are often the most effective treatment for the majority of people with underbites. However, your best option depends on multiple factors.
What is Surgery?
Correcting your jaw position sometimes requires surgery. The type of surgery chosen will depend on the underlying cause of your uneven jaw. Your doctor may choose:
- Jaw wiring. Jaw wiring is used to position the jaw in a certain place or provide support in the case of a fracture or break.
- Maxillary osteotomy. Maxillary osteotomy is a surgery performed on the upper jaw to correct open bites or crossbites. The upper jaw and teeth are moved forward so they align with the lower jaw and teeth.
- Mandibular osteotomy. This surgery corrects issues such as overbite and protruding lower jaw. Your surgeon cuts in the back of your mouth to move the lower jaw forward or backward.
- Genioplasty. Genioplasty will fix a small or crooked chin. The jaw and chin are restructured by cutting the chin bone in the front of the jaw.
Know Your Bite
Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?
Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occurs when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.
Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth (molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.
Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.
Come Visit Us
When you visit our office, we begin by taking a look at your current oral health situation to find out what you like and dislike about your bite. We also use professional measurements and our expertise to make judgments about your best course of treatment. Your age, the severity of your bite, and the overall health of your teeth all play a role in the determination of your treatment.
While the final decision is always up to you, we can provide you with insight that allows you to try the least invasive ways to fix your incorrect bite first. Are you ready to finally love your smile? Give Dr. Childers a call today to find out what you can do when you prefer not to have surgery to fix your underbite.
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201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815
I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and then received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. After, I attended the University of Tennessee to complete my Master of Science in Orthodontics degree.
I consider every minute of continuing education to be vital for my patients and myself. Staying current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within my field allows me to improve treatment efficiency and provide higher quality results for each person I treat.