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How long does it take to correct an underbite?

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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

There are different degrees of underbite, so it will vary.
That said, an "underbite" (also known as a class 3 maloclusion) is one of the more difficult maloclusions to correct, so you will likely in for at least 18-24 months, possibly more.

In brief: Varies

There are different degrees of underbite, so it will vary.
That said, an "underbite" (also known as a class 3 maloclusion) is one of the more difficult maloclusions to correct, so you will likely in for at least 18-24 months, possibly more.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varriable

Depends on type and severity.

In brief: Varriable

Depends on type and severity.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

It depends on whether you're discussing orthodontic treatment (braces) or corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery.
With braces, depending on whether teeth are extracted, it may take 18-24 months, if it's done right. Avoid speedy braces! if you're talking about surgery, it takes about 3 hours, but is still done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, so the total treatment time is about the same.

In brief: It depends

It depends on whether you're discussing orthodontic treatment (braces) or corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery.
With braces, depending on whether teeth are extracted, it may take 18-24 months, if it's done right. Avoid speedy braces! if you're talking about surgery, it takes about 3 hours, but is still done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, so the total treatment time is about the same.
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Ask an Orthodontist

It took you 37 years to create your malocclusion.
Please don't expect a quick fix. An Orthodontist can determine whether your malocclusion is dental, skeletal, or a combination of the two. Orthodontic care alone may camouflage your underbite, but a combination of braces (not Invisalign) and surgery may be required for optimum treatment. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist.

In brief: Ask an Orthodontist

It took you 37 years to create your malocclusion.
Please don't expect a quick fix. An Orthodontist can determine whether your malocclusion is dental, skeletal, or a combination of the two. Orthodontic care alone may camouflage your underbite, but a combination of braces (not Invisalign) and surgery may be required for optimum treatment. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Shyam Desai
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Depends on severity

Could range from as little as 6-9 months (rare) to 24-30 months depending on spacing/crowding and the severity of the underbite.

In brief: Depends on severity

Could range from as little as 6-9 months (rare) to 24-30 months depending on spacing/crowding and the severity of the underbite.
Dr. Shyam Desai
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