Are you wondering what Under Bite is? Well let me tell you, an under bite is referred as a type of Malocclusion. In other words, it is a dental condition when the lower jaw protrudes up and outward abnormally, sort of overlapping with your upper teeth,(under teeth are in front of the upper teeth).Under bites are usually lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder(TMD). This disorder can lead to other problems within mouth such as teeth and inner checks.
Under Bites could be created at an early age due to thumb-sucking. There could be abnormalities in the jaw bone, poor chewing habits, or simply under bites could be from hereditary.
The disadvantages for under bites is that you have a high risk of developing serious jaw problems and conditions if it is ignored. Other disadvantages are:
- Jaw pain
- The changes of wear and tear enamel are higher
- Increased chance of tooth decay
- Chances of developing gum disease
Under Bite can also interfere by pronouncing words wrong. It can change the structure and appearance of your face, smile and mouth. They have abnormal alignment of the teeth, this can also lower your self-esteem. Correcting your under bite can take a long time.
Under Bites can be corrected depending on each individual’s situation. For children there are many solutions such as: chin caps, expanders, and reverse-pull face mask. Adults with an under bite is skeletal and surgery is the only solution to fix the alignment of your jaw. Braces could be an option for both children and adults, but for adults braces should we worn for 1-3 yrs before the surgery is performed.
Patients should correct their Under Bite at an early age. Dentists prefer to start treatment at the age of 8. Patients over the age of 13 should look into getting treatment now since the longer you wait the worse the condition will get.