Non-surgical Treatment of Underbites

Savoring all the delicious flavors in your favorite dishes can become quite a challenge when you’re dealing with a bite issue like malocclusion. Malocclusions, such as underbites, not only affect the way your smile looks but can also impact how your teeth function and your overall oral health. Underbites happen when your lower teeth bite in front of your upper teeth, creating a reverse relationship of incisors. Some patients might assume that fixing underbites always involves major jaw surgery and might delay seeking treatment. However, with the right diagnosis and early intervention as the foundation of Portland non-surgical orthodontics, you can get solutions without surgery and still achieve fantastic results. That’s why Dr. Leemin and Dr. Handick encourage both patients and parents to reach out for an orthodontic evaluation as soon as they notice an underbite forming. We’re here to make the journey to a healthier and happier smile as smooth as possible!

What Is an Underbite?

Anterior crossbite, often known as an underbite, is a dental condition where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth when biting down. A mild underbite occurs when the top and bottom incisors nearly meet, while a severe underbite manifests as a noticeable gap between the teeth. Beyond its impact on appearance, an underbite can lead to self-consciousness and potential health concerns, including challenges with chewing, speech, headaches, muscle discomfort, or symptoms resembling Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Fortunately, the good news is that the majority of underbites can be effectively corrected through Non-Surgical Orthodontics Treatment Portland, restoring not only your smile but also your oral health and confidence.

Underbite Causes and Issues

An underbite can result from either an underdeveloped upper jaw, an overdeveloped lower jaw, or a combination of both. Its severity can lead to a range of issues, including:

Underbite Correction Methods

When it comes to Portland Non-Surgical Orthodontics for conditions such as underbites, we have a toolbox of effective strategies at our disposal. One valuable approach is initiating treatment at an early age, ideally before a patient’s final permanent teeth have emerged. This early start allows us ample time to influence and guide their dental and jaw development positively.

The good news is that, with the right early intervention, we can often avoid the need for surgery altogether. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests that parents should consider bringing their children to a Portland orthodontist by age seven. However, if there’s a family history of irregular jaw growth or underbites, it’s advisable to seek specialized care even sooner.

There are two main appliances we use for Non-Surgical Treatment of underbites:

Adult Underbite Cases:

It’s never too late to embark on the journey of adult underbite correction! We understand that dealing with underbites as an adult can seem daunting, but with the right team and orthodontic care, it’s entirely achievable. We offer a range of friendly and personalized solutions, including braces, clear aligners, and even surgical options, tailored to your unique needs. By addressing your underbite, we not only enhance your oral function and aesthetics but also contribute to your overall oral health and self-confidence. So, don’t hesitate to take that step – your path to a more comfortable and inviting smile is wide open, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way!

Surgical Cases:

In some cases, surgery can be the most effective solution for underbite correction. At our practice, we understand that the thought of surgery may sound intimidating, but it’s essential to remember that it can offer life-changing benefits. Dr. Leemin and Dr. Handick will make sure to assess your unique situation during your complimentary consultation to determine if surgery is the right path for you.

Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident in your treatment plan, ensuring that you have all the information and support you need to make the best decision for your smile and oral health. So, if you’re considering underbite correction, don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to provide guidance and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

In very severe cases, orthognathic jaw surgery may be the best option. Talk to Dr. Leemin during your complimentary consultation to devise the best plan for tackling your or your child’s underbite.

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