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Can braces alone fix a bad underbite?

Can braces alone fix a bad underbite?

Severe underbite: Yes, braces are usually required for the tooth straightening portion of the treatment, while headgear, extractions, and/or surgery are used to address the underlying skeletal problem. Consultation with an oral surgeon as well as an orthodontist are both needed to plan this treatment. Careful consideration is needed to decide if braces alone are a good solution.

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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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Do braces pretty easily help fix underbites?

Do braces pretty easily help fix underbites?

YES: Common problem solved all of the time by orthodontists. Seek out a consult.

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Can you tell me info on braces for underbite?

Can you tell me info on braces for underbite?

Very effective: We address these issues daily and achieve amazing results-- delivering consistently beautiful smiles! Rubber band wear is key to pull the jaw and depending on age, expansion of the upper jaw may also be part of treatment which will help push the upper teeth in front of the lower. All said, sometimes cases can be too severe to treat without surgery. Discuss treatment plans with an orthodontist

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How to know if I need braces for this underbite?

How to know if I need braces for this underbite?

Underbites: Underbites do not self correct. Please see a bite specialist, an orthodontist, for evaluation. At an Orthodontist's office initial examinations are usually free or modest cost. Please call for an examination. You'll be glad you did.

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How do I know if I need braces (top and bottom) for an underbite?

How do I know if I need braces (top and bottom) for an underbite?

See orthodontist: Only an evaluation from a professional that can see your teeth and bite will really be able to assess

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Is it possible that the rubber bands on my braces gave me an underbite?

Yes but unlikely: In theory, rubber bands can move the jaw and create an underbite-- but that is HIGHLY unlikely. Rather than ask this group, I STRONGLY suggest you discuss with your orthodontist-- IMMEDIATELY

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How will my underbite actually be fixed with braces? How can they get the bottom under and then behind the top- they will get in each others way no?

How will my underbite actually be fixed with braces? How can they get the bottom under and then behind the top- they will get in each others way no?

Depends: Depends on the severity of your problem. Without thoroughly examining you we can only "guess". For patients with a moderate to severe problem, treatment is often orthognathic surgery--this treatment involves your dentist, orthodontist and oral surgeon. They must be knowledgeable ; talented. You can always consider a 2nd opinion.

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Can damon braces fix little underbite?

Can damon braces fix little underbite?

No magic: There's no magic to any particular appliance system, including the Damon Appliance. The magic is the training, experience, and skill of the practitioner. See a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for examination.

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Can you tell me if I could have underbite surgery without braces?

Yes, but: If your upper and lower teeth are both straight, not crowded or spaced, then you might be able to do the surgery without braces. However, usually you would need some form of fixation, where you jaws are wired shut for a period of time.

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Help please! Could braces fix an underbite? - before and after pictures

Help please! Could braces fix an underbite? - before and after pictures

Braces/Underbite: First and foremost, it all depends on the cause of the underbite. It is purely dental? Is it purely skeletal? Is it a combination? It is always best to get an opinion from an orthodontic specialist. He/she can give the most accurate information.

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I have a severe underbite is there no way to have surgery before having braces?

I have a severe underbite is there no way to have surgery before having braces?

Talk to ortho: You may or may not need surgery. Rather than ask this group that can not see your teeth, talk directly to your orthodontist who can discuss what would be most effective for your case. If you are talking surgery, I would get 2 or 3 ortho opinions first.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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

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Ways to treat an underbite? I have an underbite, and have heard from several people that braces might not be able to fix an underbite. Are there other options for treatment out there? .

Ways to treat an underbite? I have an underbite, and have heard from several people that braces might not be able to fix an underbite. Are there other options for treatment out there? .

See orthodontist: An underbite or underjet is typically indicative of a skeletal discrepancy between the 2 jaws with the lower teeth (and jaw) forward of the upper teeth (and jaw). Seeing an orthodontic specialist will help to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.

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I wear my retainer every night as instructed, but my underbite is slowly coming back. Does that mean I need braces again?

I wear my retainer every night as instructed, but my underbite is slowly coming back. Does that mean I need braces again?

Cause: If the cause of your underbite is aberrant skeletal growth, jaw surgery may be required after growth has ceased. Your retainers will maintain tooth alignment, but will not prevent uneven jaw growth. Hopefully your braces were done by an Orthodontic Specialist. Call for a reevaluation.

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If my underbite is hereditary (I got it from my grandfather), it can't be fixed with braces alone, can it? If my jaw is the problem?

If my underbite is hereditary (I got it from my grandfather), it can't be fixed with braces alone, can it? If my jaw is the problem?

Skeletal Issues: If the jaw size discrepancy is skeletal in nature, then you need to correct it surgically, not orthodontically. If the discrepancy is minor, then orthodontics may help correct the bite somewhat. Your best bet is to consult with an orthodontist/oral surgeon team since each case is different and no one answer applies to everyone.

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I am 20 years old and have an underbite despite wearing braces during my teenage years. Can wearing braces again fix my bite to prevent surgery?

I am 20 years old and have an underbite despite wearing braces during my teenage years. Can wearing braces again fix my bite to prevent surgery?

Maybe: Please see an orthodontist for a thorough evaluation. This answer can only be addressed with an individualized treatment plan.

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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.

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