An underbite is when the lower front teeth are in front of the upper front teeth. It is very important to monitor as early as 6 years of age because the bone is more adaptable at that age, so the need for surgery is much lower. Treating earlier because of growth is ideal, but not treating underbites leads to a collapsed looking face, which causes you to appear several years older than you are. Dr Ammar is passionate about creating facial harmony with the smile and surrounding muscles. When an underbite is not treated at an early age, it becomes more difficult and complex to treat, often leading to jaw surgery. However, it is still important to ask about options with treating an underbite at any age; with the right combination of patient compliance and doctor expertise, we may be able to deliver the smile for you without surgery.
What is underbite treatment?
An underbite is a type of maloclussion where the lower jaw is found to be resting in front of the upper jaw while the back teeth are closed.
What causes an underbite?
An underbite is mainly caused by genetics, but it can also be influenced by childhood habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and using of pacifiers.
How serious is an underbite?
If left untreated, an underbite may eventually affect your speech and can make your teeth extra vulnerable to damage (e.g. chipping) because they are exposed.
What health problems are caused by an underbite?
Some of the serious health problems that come along with an underbite are:
- Temporomandibular Join Disorder (TMD)
- Sleep apnea
Does an underbite cause damage to teeth?
Absolutely. An underbite makes your teeth more prone to breaking.