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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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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more


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What can be done to straighten an orthodontic wire?

What can be done to straighten an orthodontic wire?

Depends on the type.: All depends on the type of wire. Stainless steel wires are easier to straighten. Nickel titanium wires have memory are not as easy to straighten. Certain pliers are designed to do just that. Again, the question is very vague and would require to be more specific. ...Read more

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What procedures are done to fix an overjet or an overbite?

What procedures are done to fix an overjet or an overbite?

Orthodontics: You will need to be evaluated by an orthodontist. There are different degrees of overbite and overjet and if they are severe they can be corrected with orthodonticts. Early diagnosis is helpful as it is easier to correct these problems while patients are still growing. ...Read more

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What can be done by an orthodontist to straighten just one tooth?

A tooth : is out of position usually because the teeth around it are also in the wrong places. Your orthodontist will explain what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Do you have to wear braces to have surgery to correct an overbite?

Do you have to wear braces to have surgery to correct an overbite?

Usually yes: Your teeth have adapted to your jaw malrelationships. Repositioning the jaws does not keen that the teeth will automatically fit properly. See an Oral Surgeon and an Orthodontist for help evaluating your malocclusion. ...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

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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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What can be expected after orthognathic jaw surgery to correct underbite?

What can be expected after orthognathic jaw surgery to correct underbite?

Ask your Surgeon: We have limited space to answer these types of questions and each case is different. With this extensive a procedure, this is something that you should have a sit down one on one discussion with not only the surgeon, but all other dentists involved (for example-orthodontist and general dentist). Good luck. ...Read more

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My jaw is not aligned right, and also overbite. What can be done to correct this?

My jaw is not aligned right, and also overbite. What can be done to correct this?

Visit your dentist: All healthy bites have a certain amount of overbite. On the other hand, diagnosing and treating malocclusions, (bite discrepancies), can be a complex process. Treatments for malocclusions might require a combination of orthodontics and surgery, or just simple bite equilibration. If your problem is complex, your dentist may direct you to a dentist that focuses solely on dental malocclusions. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix an overbite without braces? I had braces and nothing was done to fix my overbite. Http://i57.Tinypic.Com/xp0ghi.Jpg

Is it possible to fix an overbite without braces? I had braces and nothing was done to fix my overbite. Http://i57.Tinypic.Com/xp0ghi.Jpg

Difficult to tell...: ...From your .Jpg, but neither horizontal or vertical over bites appear excessive. Upper front teeth are supposed to slightly (2mm) overlap lower teeth. Please see a qualified orthodontic specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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?


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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

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What can be done to whiten teeth with braces?

What can be done to whiten teeth with braces?

Wait: Bleaching while braces are on will only affect the part of the tooth not covered by braces. Thus when braces removed there will be darker blotches where the braces were attached. Wait until after your Orthodontist removes your braces before having your Dentist whiten them. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an occlusional adjustment performed to correct TMJ issues?

Can you tell me about an occlusional adjustment performed to correct TMJ issues?

Be careful: Prior to any permanent alteration of your teeth, occlusal splint (full coverage) and physical therapy should be done to manage the symptoms. Unless there is a significant single prematurity (one tooth hitting early) i would be careful. Overclosure of the jaw is often associated with tmd. Occlusal adjustment reduces the bite. Be careful and get an opinion from a board certified orthodontist. ...Read more

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Should I have my crown lengthening done by an oral surgeon or periodontist? I understand that it can be done by both.

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Should I have my crown lengthening done by an oral surgeon or periodontist?  I understand that it can be done by both.

Periodontist: Dental crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue to expose more of a tooth's structure. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the gums. In addition to four years of dental school, periodontists also complete at least 3 more years of specialized study in this field. Call your periodontist today ...Read more

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What are the orthodontic appliances used to correct an overbite?

What are the orthodontic appliances used to correct an overbite?

Many: Bionators, frankels, mara's, headgear, pendulum, pendex, tad anchored appliances, forsus springs, twin blocks... The list goes on and on. Headgears in my opinion are passe', functional appliances work, but in a different way than most people think. The best treatment is one that understands facial growth, its limits and whether or not conventional orthodontics or surgery will be used. ...Read more

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Could braces help straighten out a crossbite in adults or would I need jaw surgery to fix this as well?

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Could braces help straighten out a crossbite in adults or would I need jaw surgery to fix this as well?

Yes, you can: A common method of treatment for crossbite is orthodontics, specifically braces. However, the best solution is to get an appointment with an orthodontist and to talk about your individual treatment options. ...Read more

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What can be done to correct presbyopia?

What can be done to correct presbyopia?

Corrective lens: Presbyopia is the development of inflexibility of the lens with aging; symptoms include blurred vision at normal reading distances, the need to hold material at arms length to see it, and headaches/fatigue from close work. Unfortunately, the only sure method for correcting presbyopia is corrective lenses. Sometimes simple reading glasses from the drug store work, but usually u need prescription ...Read more

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I have an overbite, and want to fix it w/o braces or invisalign. Is there a way to do that without those?

I have an overbite, and want to fix it w/o braces or invisalign. Is there a way to do that without those?

Not well: the alternatives may be far more expensive and painful. Not sure of your aversion to braces, but in all likelihood, while other solutions can exist (surgery as an example) they cost a lot more and hurt a lot more. Reconsider your aversion to orthodontics ...Read more

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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