What Can You Do about Your Underbite?
Posted on 03/10/2017 by Dr. Lovrovich
An underbite is a potentially embarrassing condition that results when the teeth on the bottom jaw overlap with the upper teeth. This often looks as if the bottom jaw is jutting out, and the severity can range from mild, barely noticeable cases to extremely severe forms.
Fortunately, there are several ways that you can correct an underbite, and speaking to your orthodontist will help you to choose the option that is right for you.
Upper Jaw Expander
This device will fit across your palate, and it consists of a wire frame. Each night, you will use a special key to cause the expander to widen a fraction, and the process will gradually cause the upper jaw to become wider to the point that the lower teeth don’t close against the outside of the upper teeth. This treatment option is best suited for children.
Reverse-Pull Face Mask
This corrective appliance will look similar to braces headgear. It will wrap around your child’s head to pull the upper jaw into the right position with the use of metal bands that are fastened to the back, upper teeth.
For older patients or those with extreme cases of an underbite, jaw surgery might be needed for correction. During this process, a specialist will separate the bone at the back of the jaw from the front part in order to modify it. This will allow a portion of the jaw that is carrying the lower teeth to be positioned further back in the mouth.
In extremely mild cases of underbite, veneers can be used to reshape the lower teeth, making it possible for them to close behind the teeth of the upper jaw. This will eliminate the need for wearing an appliance or for surgery.
If you are interested in finally treating your underbite, contact our office to setup your appointment.