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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
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. ...Read more
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)
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 ...Read more
If I get my underbite fixed with just braces and not surgery-does that mean my "bulldog" look always be there? I really don't want it to be! I hate it.
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
See orthodontist: Only an evaluation from a professional that can see your teeth and bite will really be able to assess ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...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 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
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?
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...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
Can you fix a 12 year old's underbite without surgery? She can fit the tip of her tounge into the gap and she already has braces.
Hello! I have an underbite but only in front. I can make contact with my upper front teeth. Can this be corrected with braces?
I got my braces off 3 months ago and my underbite was fixed, but now it is slowly coming back. My teeth are nearly touching. What does this mean?
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