An Underbite, also known as Class III Malocclusion or Prognathism, is a condition in which the lower teeth and jaw protrude in front of the upper teeth. Usually, the upper teeth cover the bottom teeth slightly, but in the case of an Underbite, the situation is reversed, leading the sufferer to have a somewhat unnatural appearance. Some of the common causes of Underbite include thumb sucking, constant thrusting of the tongue against the teeth and extended use of a pacifier.
HOW IS UNDERBITE DIAGNOSED?
For diagnosis, an Orthodontist will first collect all the details about the affected person, conduct a clinical examination and use the reports of the X-rays and photos of the face and teeth. Once all these are made available the doctor can make a decision on the course of the treatment.
HOW IS UNDERBITE TREATED?
Braces are one of the frequently used treatments for Underbite by the Orthodontists. If the anomaly is detected in early childhood, then it becomes easy to fit the braces and achieve the correction over a period. There are also custom made appliances to help treat the condition. In rare cases surgery is also resorted to.
DID YOU KNOW?
The softer the muscles of the jaws, the faster can this problem be healed. Hence it is best to get braces for your child.