An underbite is a common type of malocclusion, occurring when the bottom front teeth overlap those on top. This can affect every aspect of your life, from the quality of your smile to your ability to talk and chew properly. Fortunately, underbites can be corrected. Even if you’ve had an underbite for your entire life, the cosmetic dentists at Sanchez Dental can correct it, giving you the perfectly aligned teeth you’ve always deserved!
Why Underbite Correction is Important
Aside from aesthetic issues, malocclusion – or the misalignment of top and bottom teeth – can be a real problem for your long-term oral health. Misaligned teeth will wear unevenly, improving the odds of developing cracks and chips in the enamel. People with underbites are also more likely to suffer from tempero-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which can lead to jaw pain and headaches.
How Are Underbites Corrected?
The process for correcting an underbite will vary depending on the severity of the underbite and other factors. We’ll begin with a consultation and exam to gain a better understanding of your oral health and background as well as assessing the severity of your dentition errors.
For mild corrections and corrections in younger patients, an underbite may be treated with braces and other orthodontic devices. For very minor cases, we may take a cosmetic approach utilizing veneers and enamel shaping to improve the look of your smile. In more severe cases, we may recommend orthognathic jaw surgery to reduce the size of the lower jaw, repositioning the teeth.
Regardless of the treatment you need, Sanchez Dental can help. Our cosmetic dentists can correct minor flaws and major dental issues to give you a perfect smile. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!
It’s never too late to correct your underbite.
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