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How can underbite surgery change your face?

How can underbite surgery change your face?

Profile: If you have underbite surgery it usually involves (but not always) the doctor relocating your lower jaw back under your upper jaw. This will obviously cause your chin to go back towards the line of your forehead, nose, and lips. ...Read more

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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Can having underbite surgery make it easier for me to chew?

Yes: If you have an underbite and are having difficulty chewing, surgical correction will probably be very helpful. ...Read more

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After having the surgery, can your underbite come back?

After having the surgery, can your underbite come back?

Generally: No. Please talk this over with your surgeon and orthodontist to relieve any doubts you may have. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What do you suggest if I've been wandering if an underbite can grow because I think mine is?

See an orthodontist: Yes, if left untreated, the condition can get more severe. I would suggest seeing an orthodontist for a consultation. ...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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Please tell me if an underbite can also make my cheekbone underdeveloped?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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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What to do if I have a weird underbite problem, can you help me please?

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

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What to do if I have a strange underbite problem, can you help me please?

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

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Underbite. How can I tell if I will need surgery?

Underbite. How can I tell if I will need surgery?

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

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Can chin augmentation and underbite surgery dramatically change how you look?

Can chin augmentation and underbite surgery dramatically change how you look?

Yes: You will need both an Orthodontic Specialist and an Oral Surgeon, working as a team, to resolve your dento-facial imbalance. ...Read more

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Can retainer align my underbite teeth?

Can retainer align my underbite teeth?

No.: Retainers retain, they do not move teeth. To correct an underbite you will need braces or invisalign, and sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an underbite. How can I get rid of it and make my teeth straight?

A process: Hi there. Underbite management can range from simple braces to reconstruction jaw surgery. You would need a thorough evaluation and have all the measurements taken to see how simple or complex your particular situation is. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How do you fix and underbite?

How do you fix and underbite?

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

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What can I do to treat my underbite?

Ortho and surgery: It usually requires the team of an orthodontist and surgeon working together to change the bite. It also depends on what is wrong and how bad the underbite is. ...Read more

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What can I do to address my underbite?

Underbite: Find a good orthodontist to correct the defect, so as to prevent teeth wear/tear & jaw joint pain. ...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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What procedures are there to treat an underbite?

Braces: If the underbite is not severe. Definitely worth discussing with a couple of orthodontists first as the other alternative is surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: underbite?

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

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Underbite or overbite. How do I know for sure?

Definition: If your upper front teeth are in front of your lower front teeth when you bite down fully, you have an overjet (aka over bite). It doesn't have to be excessive. An underbite is usually defined as if the upper front teeth lay behind the lower front teeth biting normally. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have no overbite or underbite?

Is it possible to have no overbite or underbite?

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

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Is there any medical benefit to underbite surgery?

Is there any medical benefit to underbite surgery?

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

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Underbite surgery in a month! How do I prepare myself?

Underbite surgery in a month! How do I prepare myself?

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