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Can I correct an underbite as an adult?

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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Ask your dentist to refer you to an orthodontist who will quarterback your treatment.
Sometimes correction can be done non-surgically, sometimes an oral surgeon will become part of the treatment team. Please go see an orthodontist to become fully informed.

In brief: Absolutely

Ask your dentist to refer you to an orthodontist who will quarterback your treatment.
Sometimes correction can be done non-surgically, sometimes an oral surgeon will become part of the treatment team. Please go see an orthodontist to become fully informed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

We do it all the time!

In brief: Yes

We do it all the time!
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. William Dabney
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Underbite

Absolutely. If your underbite has a dental component it may require extraction of permanent teeth.
If there is a skeltal component you may need jaw surgery.

In brief: Underbite

Absolutely. If your underbite has a dental component it may require extraction of permanent teeth.
If there is a skeltal component you may need jaw surgery.
Dr. William Dabney
Dr. William Dabney
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Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Yes

An underbite can be corrected in the adult with orthodontics.
If the underbite is severe then orthognathic surgery may also be invovled.

In brief: Yes

An underbite can be corrected in the adult with orthodontics.
If the underbite is severe then orthognathic surgery may also be invovled.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dr. Peter Flaherty
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Dr. David Ostreicher
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes

If it is a small underbite (1/4 inch or so) it can usually be done without surgery.
If it is more than that, it might require orthognathic surgery along with orthodontic treatment.

In brief: Yes

If it is a small underbite (1/4 inch or so) it can usually be done without surgery.
If it is more than that, it might require orthognathic surgery along with orthodontic treatment.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Dr. David Ostreicher
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: YES!

Orthodontists treat adult underbites all the time.
The severity of the underbite is key. If it large, then ideally braces with jaw surgery (mandibular set-back) is warranted. In cases where it is not possible or not wanted, a less ideal method would be skeletal anchorage and removal of the lower lower first bicuspids. This yields excellent anterior results, but leaves molars less so. It is viable.

In brief: YES!

Orthodontists treat adult underbites all the time.
The severity of the underbite is key. If it large, then ideally braces with jaw surgery (mandibular set-back) is warranted. In cases where it is not possible or not wanted, a less ideal method would be skeletal anchorage and removal of the lower lower first bicuspids. This yields excellent anterior results, but leaves molars less so. It is viable.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. David Schleimer
If after treatment the patient is unhappy with prominence of chin, a relatively minor surgery called a reduction genioplasy can be done. It works by moving the chin only, and many surgeons do it in office or as a day surgery procedure.
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