The field of orthodontics is only growing in terms of technology. There are hardly any issues left that require surgical intervention. Nobody likes the idea of going through severe pain from a broken jaw and having their mouth shut for days after surgery.
How to Fix Underbite in Adults
Correcting underbite in adults surpasses cosmetic purposes. It solves issues like:
- Underbite correction takes the pressure off your lower teeth, lowering the chances of experiencing chips and cracks in your teeth
- Fixes TMJ disorder
- Decreases the chances of getting gingivitis or periodontal disease
Following are some non-invasive methods for correcting mild to moderate under-bites.
Traditional metal braces have more chances than clear aligners to fix your bite. These traditional metal braces work for both young and adult patients. The biggest drawback of traditional braces is their visibility since most adults prefer a discreet look. However, if this does not concern you, metal braces are a quick way to fix your underbite.
If you have overcrowded teeth, braces combined with tooth extraction will benefit you. The extracted teeth will let your jaw relax by aligning your teeth. Metal braces will take hardly 18-36 months to fix your problem.
Invisalign is the first to introduce clear removable teeth aligners to the world. This treatment is popular among adults due to its discreet look. With the advancements in technology, Invisalign treatment can generate the same outcomes as metal braces. Your dentist can pair them up with elastics to correct underbite.
In the Invisalign process, the dentist crafts a 3D model of your teeth to customize the aligner trays. They ensure it fits accurately in your mouth and shifts teeth into required spots. Invisalign treatment usually takes 1 year, but this duration can change according to the severity of your case.
- Home Teeth Aligners:
There are many brands these days that provide cost-effective and remote treatment choices. Adults who seek solutions to straighten their teeth or get rid of spacing and mild bite problems can use it as a go-to option. These brands provide products like Invisalign, using custom, removable, clear aligners for home use.
An orthodontist crafts your treatment plan. You don’t have to go to the dental practice. Home teeth aligners are not as effective as braces to correct your bite problems as they do not provide a way to incorporate elastics or other devices into your correction process.
Underbite Correction for Children
Underbites in children are usually easier to correct as the jaw matures. Many factors contribute to your child’s underbite. Genetics is the main culprit; besides this, thumb sucking, using a milk bottle for a long time, or tongue thrusting can also cause bite problems. Unless it’s a very severe underbite issue, it can be fixed without surgery using:
- Head Gear
It might shock you that most of your dental issues are due to your incorrect bite. With the latest advancements in dentistry, it’s never too late to fix it. There are a variety of non-invasive options available for both children and adults.
Dr. Bar at Adventure Orthodontics has been correcting numerous smiles and easing lives for years around Texas. Give us a call at (281) 353-5556 to book an appointment with our board-certified orthodontist.