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What Happens if I Have an Underbite?

March 31, 2022 5:05 pm

An underbite is a relatively common issue among Americans. It occurs when the lower teeth extend out farther than the upper teeth. Some cases are so mild as to be unnoticeable, while others are more severe. If you’re living with an underbite, our team at Summit Family Orthodontics can help you get the treatment you need.

What Causes an Underbite?

Underbites can be caused by many factors. Childhood habits such as thumb sucking, long-term pacifier use or bottle feeding, or pushing on the teeth with the tongue can lead to an underbite. Other times, an underbite is simply the result of genetics. An underbite can also result from a severe injury to the jaw.

What Are the Treatment Options for an Underbite?

The best treatment option for an underbite depends on the oral health of the individual. In very mild cases, orthodontic treatment may not be needed. However, it is still important to be vigilant about cleaning your teeth. Brush twice daily and floss each day to reduce your risk for tooth decay.

In more severe cases, orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Depending on the extent of the underbite, our team will determine whether braces, Invisalign, or another treatment option is best. In cases where overcrowding is partly responsible for the issue, we may recommend the removal of one or more teeth.

When Is the Right Time to Address an Underbite?

Like many dental issues, the earlier an underbite is addressed, the better. If you notice that your child has an underbite, we’ll generally wait until their permanent teeth erupt to address it. If you’re worried that your child’s thumb-sucking or pacifier use may be contributing to their underbite, we can help give you some tips for breaking those habits.

Orthodontics for the Entire Family in Littleton

Properly aligned teeth prevent headaches, tooth decay and jaw pain. If you or any member of your family are dealing with any type of misalignment, contact us for help. Our experienced team at Summit Family Orthodontics offers treatment to patients of all ages with all types of needs. We look forward to seeing you in our comfortable Littleton, CO office.

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