Treatment Options You Have if You Have an Underbite
Posted on 12/30/2019 by Office
An underbite is a dental condition usually exhibited by the lower teeth appearing extended further than their upper front counterparts. This is a common problem and shouldn't be the cause of you not smiling.
While most underbites are harmless, others might cause some complications that lessen one's quality of life. Some of these problems include headaches, jaw pains, sleep apnea, speaking challenges and even some difficulty eating. However, underbites can be rectified with our help. Here are a few ways a dentist can help you fix your underbites.
Braces are a common yet effective fix for underbites. The amount of time required to fix the underbite is usually dependent on the severity of the underbite and also if you have any other dental complications. If the problem is severe, we will most likely recommend that you get metal braces. If the underbite is not as severe, we can recommend the clear braces. By holding the teeth in place, the braces help the teeth align better to produce that beautiful smile.
For adults, one of the most common ways of correcting an underbite will often start with a tooth extraction. When there is extra pressure from other teeth, the ones in the front will often move forward. Therefore, removing a tooth or two can relieve the pressure on the teeth and allow them to align properly.
An Upper Jaw Expander
An upper jaw expander is a mechanical device that's fitted on the top of the mouth and held in place by the upper teeth. This device should be adjusted every day to assist the lower jaw to properly align itself therefore eliminating the underbite. Once we have placed the expander in place, we'll provide you with a key to control the expansion.
Most people think that if you don't get an underbite fixed as a child, you have to stay with it for the rest of your life. However, that is not true. Regardless of whether you are a child or an adult, there is always something we can do about this condition.
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