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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

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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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?

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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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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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 orthodontist shy away from treating-- but it can often be done effectively. ...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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What is an ivro for underbite surgery? I'm just curious to know...

What is an ivro for underbite surgery? I'm just curious to know...

Complex Surgery: Ivro stands for intra oral vertical ramus osteotomy. That is part of the lower jaw bone that is the furthest back on the cheek and you can feel the lower turn and go vertically. Forward of this border is where the surgery is done. This a more complex procedure and you should really seek a good orthodontist first to discuss the options with you and have them refer you to a oral surgeon for more.... ...Read more

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

I have a 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 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. ...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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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