An underbite is a pretty serious dental condition where the lower teeth come out more than the upper teeth. Not only is this issue a problem for many people aesthetically, but it can cause actual issues medically as well.
The teeth can lead to discomfort, and also change the way the face looks considerably. For all those reasons, most patients are interested in having the problem corrected as soon as possible.
Children with underbites often receive orthotic treatment for them, but it's important to start the treatment at the proper moment to avoid causing too many problems.
Wait for Adult Teeth
There are some dental offices that advocate for a round of braces while baby teeth are still in position, but generally this is the least efficient approach to dealing with underbites.
Instead of correcting an underbite when mostly baby teeth are present, it makes sense to wait for the adult teeth to grow in and correct the issue at that point. By waiting for adult teeth, the corrections made are more permanent and won't have to be redone in a few years later.
The Process of Correcting an UnderbiteAn underbite is formed by teeth that are out of position by quite a lot. That means corrections must be made over a long period of time to ensure that they are done safely and without causing problems to the mouth.
Generally, we correct an underbite over a year or longer using a series of braces and retainers to solve the alignment issues within the mouth. We go slow to make sure the mouth remains healthy and that no further alignment issues develop during the corrective procedure.
At our office, we treat both adults and adolescents for underbites routinely. If you or a loved one is suffering from the issue or another alignment issue we would be happy to have you in for a consultation and to come up with a plan for treatment. Come see us today and find out what we can do for you!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (775) 430-5355 today.