Can Braces Fix an Underbite?

A great smile can boost your self-esteem, enhance your relationships, and even help you excel in your career. But what happens when your smile is compromised by an underbite? Does it mean that you have to settle for a smile that you're not proud of? Absolutely not! With modern orthodontic treatments, you can fix an underbite and achieve the smile of your dreams.

In this article, we'll explore everything you need to know about underbites and how braces can help fix them.

So, whether you're struggling with an underbite or simply curious about this common dental condition, read on to discover how you can transform your smile and your life.

What is an Underbite?

An underbite is a dental condition where the lower jaw protrudes outwards, causing the lower teeth to overlap the upper teeth. This can give the appearance of a "bulldog" or "reverse" smile, where the lower teeth are more prominent than the upper teeth.

What Causes Underbites?

Underbites can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Genetics: Underbites can be hereditary, meaning they are passed down from parents to children
  • Abnormal jaw growth: Some people's jaws grow unevenly, causing an underbite to develop
  • Childhood habits: Habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use can put pressure on the jaw and cause an underbite to form
  • Trauma: Injuries to the jaw or face can sometimes cause an underbite to develop

What Problems Can an Underbite Cause?

Unfortunately, underbites can cause a number of problems, both functional and cosmetic. Here are some of the most common:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting, and speaking
  • Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Chronic jaw pain and headaches
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Self-esteem issues and embarrassment about one's appearance

How Do Braces Fix an Underbite?

Braces in Alexandria are an effective orthodontic treatment for correcting underbites. The treatment typically involves using brackets, wires, and bands to gradually shift the teeth into the correct position. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Your orthodontist will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a treatment plan
  2. Brackets will be attached to your teeth using a special adhesive. These brackets will serve as anchors for the wires that will be used to move your teeth
  3. A wire will be threaded through the brackets, and bands will be placed around your back teeth to anchor the wire
  4. Over time, your orthodontist will adjust the wire and bands to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position
  5. Once your teeth are in the correct position, your orthodontist will remove the braces and you will be given a retainer to wear to maintain your new smile

It's worth noting that the duration of braces treatment for underbites can vary depending on the severity of the underbite and the age of the patient. However, treatment typically lasts between 12 to 36 months.

Don’t Let an Underbite Hold You Back from Achieving a Beautiful, Healthy Smile

At Kingstowne Dental Specialists, we understand that orthodontic treatment can be intimidating, which is why we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for our patients. When you schedule a visit with us, our team of experienced and caring professionals will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

Whether you need braces to fix an underbite or any other orthodontic treatment, we'll make sure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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