Can I get underbite correction without surgery?
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 a 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 on 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 teeth 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 for 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 jawline also come with having good genes.
How to fix an underbite?
We can fix underbite 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.
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 wraps around your head to pull the jaw in place.
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.
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-implants 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.
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Dr. Kanaan | Orthodontist
Dr. Kanaan is a board-certified orthodontic specialist with additional special training to treat complex cases of orthodontics that require dental implants, surgery for impacted teeth, cleft lip and palate and other special cases.