Basically underbite is a condition in which the lower teeth and the jaw tends to protrude much further as compared to the upper teeth. It is also referred to as Class III malocclusion or prognathism. The physical symptoms of the issue are quite evident as one notices the jaw coming forward on the lower part in comparison to the upper jaw.
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?
Treatment modalities under dentistry include:
• braces to correct the position of the teeth
• removal of teeth to correct overcrowding
• reshaping, bonding, or capping of teeth
• surgery to reshape or shorten the jaw
• wires or plates to stabilize the jaw bone
DID YOU KNOW?
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, heredity plays a key role in the formation of an underbite.