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Underbite (Overview)

"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.


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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 throughout 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

Underbite (Overview)

"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.


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I have an underbite (class iii) and tmj. How can I get this treated?

I have an underbite (class iii) and tmj. How can I get this treated?

See Orthodontist: Is your underbite dental, skeletal, or both. Your TMJ symptoms may be caused by your malocclusion. See an Orthodontic Specialist. An Oral Surgeon may also be required. Your problem is fixable, so check out your options by seeing a Pro. ...Read more

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How effective are braces for treating underbites and crossbites vs. Overbites?

Very effective: Braces will treat all these well. Just see one to let them answer these questions. An initial exam is usually free and a lot of information can be gained by this visit. ...Read more

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How often does correcting an underbite in a 9-year-old lead to an overbite? Should I wait to start treatment?

How often does correcting an underbite in a 9-year-old lead to an overbite? Should I wait to start treatment?

Don't wait: The correction should be done sooner than later. You should follow your orthodontist's advice. If you still have questions, seek a second opinion. ...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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Can I get rid of my underbite and crossbite at 16?

Can I get rid of my underbite and crossbite at 16?

Perhaps: Very often it is best to begin treatment of a Class III malocclusion after all lower jaw growth has ceased. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for initial examination (usually free) and an explanation of the best course of treatment for your individual malocclusion. ...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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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?

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

Braces &/or surgery: First the cause of your underbite must be determined. It can be dental or skeletal. Braces are first needed to align your teeth in each arch. If dental only then braces +/- extractions are sufficient treatment. If a skeletal reason exists also, then surgery is needed in addition to braces (to align the actual jaw bones). ...Read more

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I have an underbite and I'm considering surgery for it. What are the benefits and risks?

I have an underbite and I'm considering surgery for it. What are the benefits and risks?

Many of both: Discuss with your doctor. All surgeries have risk (infection, failure to cure, delayed healing) this also has the risk of permanent facial numbness. Benefits are increased function, a healthier jaw joint and a nicer facial appearance. ...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, to prevent teeth wear/tear & jaw joint pain. ...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?

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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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 orthodontists shy away from treating-- but it can often be done effectively. ...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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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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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

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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