An underbite is a condition where the lower teeth extend out farther than the upper teeth. Some feel like this resembles a bulldog and many are self-conscious about their smile. Unfortunately, there are no devices that can cover an underbite. Underbite cases can be mild or severe, and the good news is this condition is treatable. Severe cases may cause oral health problems such as problems eating, speaking, or moving the jaw. If you have an underbite it is always important to contact a professional for help.
What Causes an Underbite?
Many things may cause an underbite where your teeth do not align properly. During childhood, many kids use their tongues to push on their teeth, use a pacifier, or suck their thumb. All of these habits can cause the teeth to misalign. In most cases an underbite is genetic, and another person in the family also has an underbite. Other reasons could include an injury, tumor, or a defect such as a cleft lip or palate.
What Treatments Are Available for an Underbite?
Treating an underbite can help make your teeth easier to clean, and can prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting your bite can take the strain off of the jaw and facial muscles, and allow the patient to eat and speak normally without pain.
A common treatment for an underbite is orthodontics. Braces or other dental appliances can gently move teeth into place and correct an underbite. Depending on the severity of the underbite, the removal of one or more teeth may be necessary. If the underbite is extremely severe, oral surgery may be necessary to correct the condition.
Interested in Finding Out More About Treatments for an Underbite?
If your child or a family member has an underbite, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Our team can discuss treatment options, and treating an underbite as soon as possible can help the jaw and mouth function normally. Our team at Lompoc OMS has years of experience in treating underbite conditions and we love to help patients correct their smiles. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a calm and welcoming environment. Let our team restore your confidence, and help you get that smile of your dreams!
Contact Lompoc OMS to schedule a consultation, and to find out more about underbite treatment options.