An under bite occurs when the lower teeth normally sit lower than the upper teeth. In many cases, this condition is passed down through the family. Fortunately, it is also possible to correct an under bite; braces and surgery are very common solutions, as well as other remedies. Below, we’ll take a look at what causes an under bite, how you can correct it, and whether surgery is right for you.
An under bite can have a number of different causes. If you are a swimmer or engage in other sports where you swing your arms and head are prone to under bite, this condition can make teeth and jaw appear undersized. Other reasons include being short-chained, or having long, narrow teeth that make it difficult to clean behind your teeth properly. Teeth that are crooked, or that have been shortened too far can also cause an under bite. If you notice your teeth are a little bit lower than they should be, you may want to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. Their expertise can help you get the smile you want.
Before you get any more involved, you will need to find out exactly why you have an under bite. Some causes are not serious, while others are potentially very serious. You should contact your dentist to discuss the situation and receive recommendations about the best course of treatment. Underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, bone misalignment and nerve damage can also cause under bites. For these conditions, you should see a medical specialist instead of a dentist, who may recommend braces or other corrective measures.
If braces or other methods of correcting an under bite do not work for a patient, there are other options. One option is to have dental veneers placed over the teeth. This process involves bonding of synthetic or real tooth enamel to the front surface of the teeth. A patient may choose this option if all other methods of correction or treatment fail. In this case, veneers may need to be replaced after several years, depending on how well the patient takes care of his or her new teeth.
Another option for correcting an under bite is with laminates. These are thin, porcelain shells that rest between the teeth. When placed, they enhance the appearance of your smile, making your jaw alignment more appealing. Veneers can be made out of different colors and textures, including ceramic, composite, silver, gold and porcelain. Teeth whitening and laminates are often combined for better results.
If the above mentioned methods do not provide you with satisfactory results, there is still another option available in the form of oral surgery for correcting your under bite. This is a great choice for patients who want to improve their smile without having to undergo major surgery. With this procedure, the dentist will create or install false teeth in order to restore the bite. The false teeth can either be attached to the chin or the cheeks or may be placed over an existing missing tooth.
The third option for correcting your underbites is through the use of sedation. This method is used less frequently than other forms of cosmetic dentistry, but it is an effective alternative for those who want to undergo this treatment for cosmetic reasons. Sedation will make it easier for you to perform the required procedures and will help you focus on the process without distraction from your surroundings. This type of procedure requires skilled professionals to perform so it is important that you make sure the professional you choose has experience and expertise in performing the type of procedure you wish to have done.
Cosmetic dentists offer these treatments for patients who are suffering from poor dental hygiene, but are afraid to go under the knife because they have a low self-esteem. For these individuals, this treatment may prove to be the best solution. Underbite correction can improve the overall appearance of your smile, which can only boost your self-confidence. After all, who wants to walk around with ugly teeth, especially if there are ways that can correct this problem?