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What to do if i have an under bite, how severe is it?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Hard to tell...: ... unless you are examined. A local orthodontist, during your consultation visit, will explain how severe your malocclusion is.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Significant: Underbite usually means jaw size disproportionality. Think what it would be like if you had one leg a few inches shorter that the other, and what that would do to your knees, hips, spine, gait, etc., over time. Please see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist who can discuss the extent of your problem and the available treatment modalities that relate to your malocclusion.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Orthodontics 35 years experience
Seek consult: "Underbites" come in many varieties. Some are related to tooth position and others are related to boney or skeletal discrepancies. A well trained orthodontist can differentiate these and provide treatment to correct the problem. Early correction helps prevent resultant tooth damage to front teeth.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See Orthodontist: Most orthodontists do free initial consultation, that should help you to determine treatment options if to do you have an under bite. Regardless, what may be the reason for your concern, you need to consult orthodontist.

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What is a under bite?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Underbite: For the layman, the easiest way to explain it is that when you bite down, your lower anterior teeth protrude and come in contact with the buccal (outside) surface of your maxillary teeth. This relationship can be skeletal in nature.

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