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Can I correct an underbite as an adult?

Can I correct an underbite as an adult?

Yes!: An underbite can be predictably corrected in adults using a combination of corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery and orthodontics. Many of my patients are adults, and, while they dislike wearing braces, they tolerate it. But definitely the answer to your question is a profound yes. You should see a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Underbite (Definition)

"Underbite" is a lay term indicating an anterior cross bite, lower incisors in front of upper incisors, or upper incisors behind lower incisors. Cause may be dental malposition, skeletal malrelationship, or both. This is a serious malocclusion requiring the services of a ...Read more


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Is jaw surgery necessary for an underbite as an adult? Do I have any other options?

Is jaw surgery necessary for an underbite as an adult? Do I have any other options?

Consultation: Your question is best answered after an evaluation by a local orthodontist. Each case is a little different, so surgery isn't always the only option. All the best... ...Read more

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How do I go about correcting my underbite?

How do I go about correcting my underbite?

Hard: The problem is the difference between the size of the upper jaw to the size of the lower jow. The difference could be a deficiency of the upper jaw or too much growth of the lower jaw. If a minor amount, possibly orthodontics would solve the problem but most likely surgical correction will be necessary. ...Read more

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How long does it take to correct an underbite?

How long does it take to correct an underbite?

Depends : It all depends upon the nature of the underbite and the severity. As adults, true, severe skeletal discrepancies are usually dealt with by either extractions of teeth to hide or camouflage and/or orthognathic surgery. The only way to determine the severity of your situation is with an appointment with your orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 18 and I have a slight underbite. Can it get any worse and can I still correct it without surgery?

Hi. I'm 18 and I have a slight underbite. Can it get any worse and can I still correct it without surgery?

Braces may help: You say your underbite is "slight" which means there is a good chance you can have it corrected with braces or invisalign. The dentist who evaluates you needs to be well qualified in diagnosis since many underbites are due to skeletal alignment issues and not misaligned teeth and if so surgery may be the only correct option. ...Read more

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What orthodontic procedures have to be done to correct an underbite?

Patient dependent: Every patient is unique. It is best to see and orthodontist and let them determine a plan based on qualified information. Then have an informative conversation that can answer all your questions to your satisfaction. ...Read more

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I have a bad underbite and was told that i would need surgery to correct my jaw. I was wondering does my insurance cover that procedure?

I have a bad underbite and was told that i would need surgery to correct my jaw. I was wondering does my insurance cover that procedure?

Maybe: The insurance benefit varies so depending on what type of coverage you have your insurance company may or may not cover all or some of this procedure. You need to see an oral surgeon and have them look in to your benefits. ...Read more

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My son has a retainer to correct his underbite. His orthodontist now wants to do a frenulectomy, does my son need this?

My son has a retainer to correct his underbite. His orthodontist now wants to do a frenulectomy, does my son need this?

Maybe or not: The two issues (under bite and frenectomy) are not always related. A frenectomy is a proceedure to cut a piece of tissue (frenum) that is causing teeth to seperate or causing gum recession. Make sure to ask your orthodontist why the frenectomy needs to take place. If not happy, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Im 18 and I have a very slight underbite. Could it still get worse and can I still correct it without surgery if I've already have braces?

Check growth: If problem slight braces may correct underbite. If more intense, braces & jaw surgery may be required. At 18 you may still have more jaw growth to go. An orthodontic specialist can track this for you. Seek a qualified evaluation, understanding that lower jaw growth should be entirely completed before jaw surgery. ...Read more

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Will correcting my underbite relieve my TMJ pain? I am in my 20s and have an underbite that may be the cause of my tmj. Will treatment fix the TMJ as well? .

Will correcting my underbite relieve my TMJ pain? I am in my 20s and have an underbite that may be the cause of my tmj. Will treatment fix the TMJ as well?


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Yes to some degree: You have multiple things going as i read this. The underbite has many detrimental factors associated with it through out your life. I would seek an orthodontic professional that could examine you and base his treatment recommendations on qualified information . This initial exam is usually at no cost. See someone soon! ...Read more

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