How to Correct an Underbite

Most people will deal with smile problems at some point during their lives. Still, though, it can feel unfair that some people just get cavities if your specific dental issue is an underbite. While some people might be able to hide their smile issues, yours is apparent. What’s more, it can come with a whole host of other issues like jaw pain, discomfort when you eat, or trouble talking.  

That’s why Maya Oliver, DDS, offers dedicated underbite treatment at Georgetown Orthodontics. At our office in Washington, DC, she helps patients realign their jaws so they can feel more confident with less jaw discomfort. If you’re curious about how to correct your underbite — no matter what caused it — read on. 

Mild underbite treatment options

If your underbite is mild, Dr. Oliver may be able to correct it with braces. At Georgetown Orthodontics, she offers both traditional braces and Invisalign® so you can choose the option that’s best for you. If you don’t want to try metal braces, ask her about how Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners can correct your underbite. 

Tooth extraction is another treatment option for some cases of mild-to-moderate underbite. If your underbite is caused by tooth crowding, removing specific teeth can give your top or bottom arch the space it needs to align properly with the other arch of your teeth. 

Severe underbite treatment options

When braces and tooth extractions aren’t enough to do the trick, Dr. Oliver offers three other underbite treatments.

Jaw expanders

If you’re a candidate for a jaw expander, Dr. Oliver fits you with this wire frame that attaches to the top arch of your teeth. By regularly turning a specialized key in the frame, you gently widen your top arch over time. After your prescribed treatment time — usually several months — this allows your top arch to close over your lower arch, correcting your underbite. 

Reverse-pull headgear

Much like the headgear that often comes with braces, reverse-pull headgear attaches to bands placed around your upper back teeth. It also has pads that rest on your forehead and chin to anchor it in place. Then, it exerts gradual, steady pressure, pulling your upper jaw forward so your top teeth can close in front of your lower teeth. 

Jaw surgery 

Dr. Oliver works with leading surgeons in the area. If you need jaw surgery to correct your underbite, you can rest easy knowing she’ll refer you to the very best. What’s more, she stays involved throughout the process, offering specialized preoperative and postoperative care. 

There are multiple options for correcting your bite issue. If you’re living with an underbite, don’t wait to call our office or book a visit online. Here at Georgetown Orthodontics, Dr. Oliver and our entire team have extensive experience correcting underbites so our patients can put their best faces forward. 

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