Underbites and overbites are common conditions that people of all ages suffer from.
Usually the problem is addressed at a young age, but when unnoticed or uncared for the problem will persist.
An overbite or underbite isn’t a pleasant condition to have. It is the misalignment of the teeth which can cause for future problems to exist and make chewing food uncomfortable.
What is an Underbite?
An underbite might be caused by poor chewing habits, hereditary issues, thumb sucking, abnormalities in the jaw, and other such matters. An underbite is when the lower jaw protrudes out further than the top jaw.
What is an Overbite?
An overbite is when the upper jaw protrudes further than the lower jaw, causing a misalignment of the teeth. This might be caused by the same reasons of an underbite. More often than not, both an overbite and an underbite are a result of genetics.
Effects of an Underbite and Overbite
- Wear and tear of the enamel
- Jaw pain
- Increased risk of tooth decay and cavities
- TMJ Disorder
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Speech impediment
- Abnormal appearance
While the effects of an overbite and underbite are the same, it’s important that the situation is cared for by a professional. Without treatment, the effects will more than likely become a reality which can cause further issues in the distant future. Getting the misalignment cared for immediately is always in a patient’s best interest.
What does the Procedure for Underbites and Overbites Entail?
Depending on your age and the conditions of the overbite or underbite, there are several resolutions.
A chin cap can be worn by children too young to have an invasive procedure. The chin cap will help to realign the jaw over time. An expander is another option. These two devices will take several months to yield results.
Adults that need an underbite or overbite corrected will need surgery. The surgical procedure will require the surgeon to correct the jaws alignment invasively. This can be done by pushing the jaw forward or backwards however necessary. Prior to this surgery, a dentist may require braces to be worn for several years before surgery can take place.
If you know or are assuming that you have an underbite or overbite, contact a dental surgeon and have an examination done. They will guide you through the process of correcting the problem.