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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

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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I am 16 years old and I've had an underbite from birth. My teeth are straight though. I was wondering how I can correct it and how long it will take.

I am 16 years old and I've had an underbite from birth. My teeth are straight though. I was wondering how I can correct it and how long it will take.

Underbite: Very treatable. Depending on severity will require Orthodontics and possibly jaw surgery. See a fully qualified Orthodontic specialist for initial exam (usually free) and discussion of your treatment options. ...Read more

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I m 21 and I have an underbite I had my braces since february of this year how long is it gonna take to correct my underbite my teeth are straight.?

I m 21 and I have an underbite I had my braces since february of this year how long is it gonna take to correct my underbite my teeth are straight.?

Ask orthodontist: Without seeing your precise case, no one on this site is really, truthfully going to be able to address your question. The person that will, however, is your orthodontist. Ask them during your next appointment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have braces and I'm getting double-jaw surgery to correct an underbite. How long will What to do if I have to wear braces after the surgery?

What to do if I have braces and I'm getting double-jaw surgery to correct an underbite. How long will What to do if I have to wear braces after the surgery?

Ask: Ask both the Orthodontist and the Oral Surgeon. Your treatment was planned out before your braces went on. It takes 6 weeks for bone to fill surgical sites, 6 months for bone to mature. Usually takes about 6 months to fine tune the occlusion after surgery completed. Good for you having this done...you'll love the results, ...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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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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My underbite is making me uncomfortable, what can I take for this?

A telephone: Take your finger and dial an orthodontic specialist. There's no pill, liquid, salve, snake oil, massage, app, computer program, or dietary supplement that will "fix" an underbite. Usually requires a combination of treatment provided by 2 specialists, an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. Call now for examination to learn the extent of your problem and the available treatment choices. ...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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I'm thinking about getting surgery for my underbite, but I'm not sure how long I would have to stay inside for, because of the swelling.?

I'm thinking about getting surgery for my underbite, but I'm not sure how long I would have to stay inside for, because of the swelling.?

It depends: You don't have to stay inside because of the swelling. It usually takes 10-14 days before they swelling is completely gone. You have to refrain from strenuous exercise for 6 weeks and maintain a soft diet for about the same length of time. We now use plates and screws to fixate the bones, so it is extremely rare to be wired shut for any length of time. ...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? .

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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What is the best way to correct an underbite: jaw surgery or braces?

What is the best way to correct an underbite: jaw surgery or braces?

Both: If underbite is dental (teeth out of alignment) but jaws are ok, braces alone may fix the problem. If both teeth and jaws don't match (sometimes u jaw too far back, more often l jaw too far forward) a combination of orthodontic rx and orthognathic (jaw) surgery is the answer. Start with a consultation with a qualified orthodontic specialist who can asses your personal requirements. ...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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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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I'm 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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I'm 18 and have underbite- its only 6mm and I can align top and bottom if I wish so not that big but my ortho says 2-3 years braces- why so long?

Underbite: 1) there could be things other than the underbite they are fixing
2) underbites are very hard to correct without surgery-- be VERY happy they think they can solve for you without having you go through the pain and expense of surgery
3) if you have concerns, discuss with your orthodontist directly ...Read more

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What can be expected after orthognathic jaw surgery to correct underbite?

What can be expected after orthognathic jaw surgery to correct underbite?

Ask your Surgeon: We have limited space to answer these types of questions and each case is different. With this extensive a procedure, this is something that you should have a sit down one on one discussion with not only the surgeon, but all other dentists involved (for example-orthodontist and general dentist). Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm about to undergo braces with elastics to fix underbite (18yo) - im told it will take 2-3 years- what determines how fast teeth move and when ends.

I'm about to undergo braces with elastics to fix underbite (18yo) - im told it will take 2-3 years- what determines how fast teeth move and when ends.

Growth & cooperation: Teeth move through bone faster in growing children than in non-growing adults. If your underbite is primarily Dental, Orthodontic Rx will be effective. If strong skeletal component, jaw surgery may also be needed. The better you follow instructions, the more you cooperate, the faster your treatment will progress. Your Orthodontic Specialist is trained to know the appropriate end point. ...Read more

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How long is an underbite correction with braces (elastics)? My lower teeth are just on top of my front teeth (so there is no gap in between, very mild)

How long is an underbite correction with braces (elastics)? My lower teeth are just on top of my front teeth (so there is no gap in between, very mild)

Depends: Could be 12-15 months or it could be much longer and could require jaw surgery to completely treat your underbite. Please see an orthodontist or two and get a qualified estimate for your particular case. Most orthodontists do free initial exams. ...Read more

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I have a mild underbite because of the 2 spaces I have between my lower canine and lower premolar teeth (both left and right) can braces correct this?

I have a mild underbite because of the 2 spaces I have between my lower canine and lower premolar teeth (both left and right) can braces correct this?

Yes: Good idea to have your teeth re-aligned to get rid of underbite. Ask your dentist for a referral to an orthodontist. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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I'm almost seventeen and have a slight underbite. I have over crowding on the top. My mother is doesn't want my jaw broken. Is there a way to correct my teeth without the surgery?

Perhaps...: Most cases of "mandibular prognathism" ("underbite") are a result of a skeletal dysharmony-- i.e., disproportionate growth of the jaw bones rather than malposition of the teeth. As such, a true correction of an established underbite does require surgery. However, a slight underbite can be mitigated by judicious, restrained orthodontic treatment. Consultation with an orthodontist is advised. ...Read more