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Interested in having your underbite treated but do not want to wear braces for several years, or undergo painful jaw surgery?
There may be a third option – one that requires no surgery. Watch the video and hear Dr. Sam Muslin explain his non-invasive underbite correction treatment, showcasing one of his patients. – “This patient did not like her smile or underbite and went searching for a non-surgical solution. She saw several doctors who suggested orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery), followed by 2 years of orthodontic braces. When she saw the case studies on Dr. Muslin’s website at http://www.faceliftdentistry.com, she did not hesitate to board a plane and fly from the UK to Santa Monica for a consultation. Two weeks later she went back home with a beautiful smile and renewed self-confidence.”
Are Underbite Braces Necessary? – If you are like thousands of others in the United States and suffer from an underbite, there is a good likelihood that you are wondering if something as simple as braces could correct your bite malformation. Surgery is another alternative, but it can be very costly and painful–if braces are good enough to fix your underbite, you definitely want to go in that direction. However, not everyone is a good candidate for underbite braces and whether or not you are a good candidate is based on a variety of different factors.
What is an underbite? – An underbite is defined as individuals whose upper teeth land inside the lower teeth, in effect causing the bottom jaw to extrude to various levels and extend forward in front of the rest of the face. This can cause levels of imbalance on the facial bones and can also cause difficulty in eating, uneven wear on teeth and gums. An underbite may be something that is incredibly pronounced with a significantly longer or deeper bottom jaw or they could be barely noticeable from either the front or side view of an individual’s mouth. Most underbites are quite mild and do not cause a lot of problems, and underbites make up less than 30% of all malocclusions, or teeth misalignments, that occur in the United States.
Treatment Options for Underbite
Underbites should be treated as soon as possible; as the sooner you are able to treat this situation in life the less likely that you will require surgery and will be able to handle the problem with orthodontics or less invasive procedures than jaw surgery. If children put up with the problem all through childhood and then attempt to get the misalignment fixed once they reach adulthood and their growth is completed and their jaws are more set–there is a very good likelihood that they will require surgery instead of simply orthodontics. Since children’s jaws are still moving as they grow, there is a much better chance that the jaw can be reshaped through mechanical instead of surgical means. One of the most popular mechanical means of correction jaw problems is through using braces, as recommended by a qualified orthodontist.
Even if surgery is required at some point in the future, braces are likely to be a part of your treatment plan both before and after the surgery as well. Surgery can only move things so far, or in some cases removing or adding pieces of bone to the jaw, but it will not help rearrange your teeth in order to get them into the correct position to fit together and form a reasonable bite pattern. Dentists and orthodontists can often recommend wearing braces before the surgery in order to give the teeth time to get into an appropriate position for after the surgery; this technique gives the teeth extra time in which to move and to avoid loosening them by moving them too quickly or causing too much stress or trauma to the mouth after the surgery has been completed.
What to Expect During Treatment?
The severity of your underbite will be the main determining factor, as well as the overall health of your teeth and the health of your mouth, as well as your age. Generally, children under the age of 16 for females and 17-20 for males will not receive the surgery as their bones are not significantly formed and are not ready for this type of invasive surgery, which requires a significant recovery time and may be relatively painful for a short period of time after the surgery is completed. Only a qualified orthodontist can give you the information that you need to define treatments for you that are appropriate for your specific condition, and a careful examination should precede any conversation about your next steps and certainly before you decide to move forward with any type of surgery for your underbite condition.
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