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What is an Underbite and How To Correct It?

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Dr Jonathan Ford
An underbite is a dental condition when the lower jaw extends further forward than the upper jaw. This can cause several problems for the person affected, including difficulty chewing and speaking correctly. In severe cases, it may even lead to joint pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This article will explore what an underbite is, how it develops, and the various methods available for correcting it.

How Does an Underbite Develop?

When the lower jaw extends too far forward, it can cause problems with how the top and bottom sets of teeth work together. When the lower jaw protrudes too much, it can push the upper teeth forwards and out of their correct position. In some cases, this may even lead to the top set of teeth completely covering the lower set - a condition known as overjet. However, overjet should not be confused with an underbite, as overjet occurs when the upper teeth extend further than the lower teeth.

Side Effects of an Underbite

As stated earlier, an underbite can lead to some problems. Most commonly, people with this condition face difficulty chewing their food correctly - often leading them to eat soft foods instead. In addition, when the lower jaw extends too far forward to the top teeth, it causes certain sections of our tongue and mouth roof (palate) to be pushed upwards; these areas are called palatal shelves or palatal rugae. This makes it challenging to chew firm foods like raw vegetables because they cannot easily pass over these raised surfaces when we bite into them.

How to Correct an Underbite

Fortunately, we can often correct an underbite through a combination of dental treatments and exercises. The most common type of treatment is orthodontics - braces to correct teeth alignment. In some cases, you may also require surgery to reposition the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw. If you are experiencing any problems caused by an underbite, it is crucial to seek advice from a dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible. We will be able to assess your individual situation and recommend the best course of action for correcting your underbite. For more information, reach out to us and we'll assist in any way we can. 

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