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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

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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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

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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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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 18 and I have a underbite is there any way to fix it without getting surgery? I really don't want to get surgery

I'm 18 and I have a underbite is there any way to fix it without getting surgery? I really don't want to get surgery

Depends on severity: Underbites go from A-Z in severity. Mild under bites can be corrected orthodontically by changing inclination of anterior teeth. Moderate underbites can be corrected orthodontically by removing two lower bicuspids and retracting lower front teeth. Sever underbites generally require a combined orthodontic/surgical treatment. Seek a consult to see what your options are. ...Read more

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How can underbite surgery change your face?

How can underbite surgery change your face?

Profile: If you have underbite surgery it usually involves (but not always) the doctor relocating your lower jaw back under your upper jaw. This will obviously cause your chin to go back towards the line of your forehead, nose, and lips. ...Read more

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How much time does underbite surgery swelling last?

How much time does underbite surgery swelling last?

Days: With today's surgical techniques and anti-inflammatory medications swelling is less problematic than in the past. That said, no two people are alike. Please discuss this with both your Orthodontist but especially your Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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After having the surgery, can your underbite come back?

After having the surgery, can your underbite come back?

Generally: No. Please talk this over with your surgeon and orthodontist to relieve any doubts you may have. ...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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Can you tell me if I could have underbite surgery without braces?

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. ...Read more

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Could crossbite/underbite surgery drastically change my facial features?

Yes, likely: As cross bites and under bites treated surgically are significant, they deal with severe facial asymmetries. When your work is done it should be a very favorable change! ...Read more

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Can chin augmentation and underbite surgery dramatically change how you look?

Can chin augmentation and underbite surgery dramatically change how you look?

Yes: You will need both an Orthodontic Specialist and an Oral Surgeon, working as a team, to resolve your dento-facial imbalance. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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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Is underbite jaw surgery 100% safe?

Is underbite jaw surgery 100% safe?

No: Like any surgery there is inherent risks. You are not 100% safe driving your car. Talk with an orthodontist and an oral surgeon and get all these questions answered. ...Read more

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Could an underbite jaw surgery really hurt?

Surgery hurts: There's no getting around it. Much less problematic today than just a few years ago because of improvements in surgical techniques and medications. Sometimes there's no choice, it's the only way to resolve your problem. Having one jaw not match the other is like having one leg shorter than the other, eventually everything gets thrown off. Talk to BOTH qualified Orthodontic and Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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Is jaw alignment surgery for underbite very painful?

Is jaw alignment surgery for underbite very painful?

It can be.: It depends on many factors but the short answer is, yes, it can be rough sailing for a few days. There is a fair amount of swelling and you will probably be on a liquid/blenderized diet for a few days at least. ...Read more

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Is there any medical benefit to underbite jaw surgery.

Is there any medical benefit to underbite jaw surgery.

Many: Yes, Better overal occlusion and chewing efficiency. Opens airway to decrease breathing problems. Helps maintain dental and periodontal health. Enhanced esthetic balance of face. Possible decrease in TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more

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How bad does an underbite need to be in order to have jaw surgery?

How bad does an underbite need to be in order to have jaw surgery?

Not bad at all: Some underbites can be corrected with tooth movement alone (ie. Orthodontics) but, if the bite is unstable or unattractive a jaw surgery procedure is necessary to achieve the optimum results. This discussion should start with the orthodontist and include the oral surgeon. Make sure to go to an orthodontist who feels comforatable doing "surgical" cases and doesn't try to overcompensate. ...Read more

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Is jaw surgery necessary for an underbite as an adult? Do I have any other options?

Is jaw surgery necessary for an underbite as an adult? Do I have any other options?

Consultation: Your question is best answered after an evaluation by a local orthodontist. Each case is a little different, so surgery isn't always the only option. All the best... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Ok, so I have a class 3 maloclussion underbite. I am 22 years old. Is there anyway I can get rid of this underbite without the possibility of surgery?

Ok, so I have a class 3 maloclussion underbite. I am 22 years old. Is there anyway I can get rid of this underbite without the possibility of surgery?

It depends: Whether or not your class iii malocclusion can only be corrected surgically can only be determined by an orthodontist analyzing comprehensive diagnostic records of your case. Seek an initial consultation and move forward from there. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Depends: Depends on how she grows. Class III malocclusions are difficult to treat. Hopefully your child got her braces from a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist, the practitioner with the best training and experience to treat underbite. ...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