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What is an underbite?



Some dental problems are just genetic and occur no matter how hard you work to care for your teeth. A common genetic dental issue is an underbite. However, underbites are a completely treatable issue. This handy article will walk you through what an underbite is and what treatment options are available. 

What is an underbite?

An underbite is characterized by a lower jaw that is overly pronounced. The over pronunciation of the occurs because of the location of the upper and lower jaw. When the lower jaw is extended farther outward than the upper jaw, it creates the condition. While it may not seem like a big deal, there are many aspects of daily life that this condition can affect. 

Jaw pain: Underbites can lead to pressure in your as you subconsciously work to align your teeth. This increased pressure can lead to more serious conditions such as TMJ, as well as jaw pain and headaches. 

Appearance: Because the lower jaw is extended further than the upper jaw, an underbite causes the chin to protrude. It’s for this reason that many people who suffer from this condition are self-conscious and even face being made fun of.

Smiling: When someone has an underbite, it leads to their smile appearing droopy and irregular.

Chewing: Misalignment between the top and bottom teeth can make chewing much harder than it should be. While this may not seem like a big deal, this actually puts an individual with an underbite have a higher risk of choking. 

Speech: Enunciating words properly can also be affected. Because the jaw is misaligned, certain sounds are unable to be made without difficulty.

What are the treatment options?

There are a few ways to treat an underbite. They can be treated through the use of a chin cap, upper jaw expander, reverse pull face mask, or braces and veneers.

So, if you are struggling with an underbite and would like to seek treatment, contact Tim Loughran Dentistry today to learn more.


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