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"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
Generally: No. Please talk this over with your surgeon and orthodontist to relieve any doubts you may have. ...Read more
I have an underbite but my molar teeths are aligned. There are spaces on my lower front teeth. Can my underbite be cured by braces?
Wish I could tell: But not possible to answer your question without an examination. Depends on dental malrelationships, skeletal malrelationships, presence or absence of tooth size discrepancies. See a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for a no-obligation initial exam (usually free or low cost) for an answer. ...Read more
I'm almost 18 and I have a slight underbite. My molar teeth are aligned and I have overcrowding on my upper teeth. Can my underbite be cured by braces?
Underbite: Sometimes teeth may appear to be in a good, stable position, but in reality, they are in a "compensated" position. Seeking an experienced orthodontist in conjunction with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon would be the next step. ...Read more
Unlikely at 35: I would suggest that you have an orthodontic consult. ...Read more
See an orthodontist: Yes, if left untreated, the condition can get more severe. I would suggest seeing an orthodontist for a consultation. ...Read more
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
Yes: Generally most underbite problems are characterized by a deficiency in the growth of the upper jaw which will give the appearance of a flatten "cheekbone" area and a large, protrusive lower jaw. Early treatment of these problems is recommended to avoid surgery later once growth has ceased. If you are already an adult, often you will need jaw surgery and braces to correct your underbite. ...Read more
I'm 18 and I have a slight skeletal underbite. Can it get worse? If so is there some way to stop it from growing? It developed at 16 after braces.
Skeletal underbite: Hi Andy. Unfortunately, underbite skeletal growth patterns are very unpredicable. The answer to your question is that yes, it COULD get worse. Until your jaw stops growing, no one can determine that. Communicate with your orthodontist and a dental professional to monitor your skeletal growth. ...Read more
I'm 18- my ortho said my underbite can be fixed without surgery because its not that big. What's difference in end result between surgery/ just braces?
Listen to orthodont: In most cases before the orthognatic surgery, you will have braces on your teeth to move them into a new position. These braces will stay on during your surgery and be adjusted about six weeks to six month after you've had jaw surgery. Your orthodontist is given you the best advice. ...Read more
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
Absolutely: That's what we Orthodontists do, we treat malocclusions. Ask your Family Dentist to recommend the Orthodontist in your area that will best resolve your problem. Go for an initial examination (usually free or low cost) to get a clinical opinion as to the severity of your problem and the treatment modalities available to you. ...Read more
See orthodontist: They likely can correct it with braces and not require surgery (although if they can not, they can still guide you on the best course of treatment). See a couple as these are difficult conditions to treat and some orthodontist shy away from treating-- but it can often be done effectively. ...Read more
Consultations: I would have consultations with both an orthodontist & an oral-maxillofacial surgeon to determine the best route for your needed correction. If underbite is extreme, it is common to need both of them to work together to prepare you for jaw advancement surgery. Usually orthodontics is required to set up your existing "bite" to permit accurate advancement surgery. ...Read more
Yes: You will need both an Orthodontic Specialist and an Oral Surgeon, working as a team, to resolve your dento-facial imbalance. ...Read more
Depends...: A bad bite can be caused by a problem with skeletal or dental alignment (or a combination of both). Dental alignment problems can be resolved with braces (sometimes you may need some teeth out). Skeletal problems need braces and surgery. See an orthodontist to see which category you fall into. ...Read more
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
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
Underbite: "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 fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more
End to end bite: The end to end bite is not a natural, "normal" bite, but there are several people with such a bite. It is not the most functional, healthy type of bite, but correction may involve orthodontics and oral surgery. You may want more than one opinion if you consider any treatment. Unfortunately an end to end bite is like walking on your tip toes all the time, which can create some TMJ/TMD issues. ...Read more
Yes: With combination of Orthodontic Care and Jaw Surgery teeth and jaws will be placed into correct relationships with each other, improving your chewing ability, reducing tooth wear and fractures, improving your appearance, making it easier to care for teeth and gums, and many other reasons. Start with a qualified Orthodontic Specialist who will already have an experienced Oral Surgeon on his team. ...Read more
Communicate: Talk to both Oral Surgeon and Orthodontic Specialist about pre-op preparation. Keep your mouth scrupulously clean...don't forget to clean between teeth. Don't damage your braces...watch what you eat. Lay in a supply of liquid high protein supplements. You'll be thrilled with the outcome. ...Read more
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