Can I get underbite correction without surgery?


 

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Dr. Kanaan met with Deborah Duncan on how to correct the underbite without surgery. His patient was told that she needed surgery to correct the bite but she refused to do the surgery. Her bite was corrected without surgery using mini implants in 25 months.

What is an underbite?

An underbite is a dental medical term used to describe when the lower jaw of a person extends past the upper jaw.

An underbite is a serious condition that can affect your chewing and give you a bad bite. It also affects your speech and your pronunciation.

When the bottom teeth are positioned in front of the top teeth, then it is considered to be an underbite case or "class III malocclusion".

In some cases, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ pain) also known as chronic jaw pain can be caused by an underbite.

TMJ can make your jaw feel as if it is stuck or locked and can make your jaw seem like it is popping which can be very painful.

It is important to have proper dental care when faced with this problem.

Most patients with underbites are told to wait until they finish developing and then they are told to get jaw surgery to place their bite in the correct position.

Dr. Kanaan was hosted by Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston for his remarkable new technique for repairing underbites.

He is able to perform jaw correction without surgery successfully on many of his patients.

Dr. Kanaan has been able to give many beautiful smiles using this method.

What causes an underbite?

Underbite could be attributed to teeth position or jaw position.

When it is from the teeth's position, it is easier to fix with braces. However, jaw position underbites may require a more complex treatment or even jaw surgery.

Sustaining a severe injury to your face can cause irreparable damage to the jaw.

There is a probability of fixing broken jawbones with surgery but oftentimes they don't fit back together correctly and can cause an underbite.

Some bad habits developed in early childhood can contribute to having an underbite too. Thumb sucking, having a pacifier, and bottle use past the age of 3 years old can be to blame.

Tongue thrusting can also cause your teeth to shift.

For the most part, an underbite is passed on through genetics. If anyone in your family has an underbite then your chances are much higher of developing one.

Genetics plays a huge determining factor in the shape of your teeth, jaw, and overall oral health.

Some people are less prone to tooth decay because their genetic makeup makes their teeth stronger. Straight teeth, a nice facial profile, and a jawline also come with having good genes.

How can you fix an underbite?

We can fix underbites with surgery or without surgery.

Dr. Kanaan will fix your underbite without surgery by using the space of your wisdom teeth.

He will place two mini-implants in the back after extracting your wisdom teeth and then use these mini-implants as anchors to push the whole lower teeth back. 

Under bite correction without surgery using mini implants TADs Houston
Please notice the mini implants TADs placed between the back teeth to correct the underbite

Braces and Invisalign can be used in milder cases to correct an underbite. Invisalign is mostly used on adults as this option will most likely require tooth extraction.

Traditional Metal Braces would work better for younger patients.

Some patients may require specialized headgear before getting braces.

Headgear can also be used in place of braces.

A reverse-pull face mask uses metal bands that are linked to the upper back of your teeth and wrapped around your head to pull the jaw in place.

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Underbite Correction Without Surgery

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Underbite Correction Without Surgery

I had braces before to fix my underbite but it came back after a few years. Why?

This is more common in growing children when the underbite is caused by the lower jaw.

The lower jaw will keep growing till the age of 18-19 in girls and 20-21 in boys.

If that is the case, Dr. Kanaan recommends you wait till you finish growing and proper treatment will be rendered.

Also, wearing a special retainer called a Tooth Positioner TP might help to reduce the relapse. Here is a case after 5 years of correction.  

My doctor told me that I need jaw surgery but I cannot afford it, how can you help?

If you like your face and the profile looks acceptable, Dr. Kanaan might recommend his alternative technique to camouflage the underbite.

This includes teeth extraction, mini-implant placement, and more.

How can Invisalign correct an underbite without surgery?

Yes, Dr. Kanaan has been correcting an underbite with Invisalign with great success.

There are three important factors to consider for the ultimate correction: 

1.   Modify each tooth movement to match the Invisalign tray capability. This is very important as teeth respond to Invisalign trays differently than regular braces. 

2.   Enough space in the bone to correct the underbite. This space can come from the wisdom tooth, the spacing between teeth, or the extraction of the premolars. 

3.   Excellent patient and compliance. You need to wear your trays for at least 22 hours a day. Dr. Kanaan might also recommend wearing some rubber bands with Invisalign. 

Treatment time with Invisalign is usually the same compared to braces.

In some extreme cases, it might take longer. Call today for a FREE consultation.

"In the past, jaw surgery was the ONLY option to correct an underbite. But now we have a new proven option that patients can afford to get their under bite fixed."

Wael Kanaan DDS MS
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Dr. Kanaan underbite correction without Surgery and using Invisalign trays alone. 

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