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?
A Dentist diagnoses Underbite by conducting routine dental examinations and in certain cases, the doctor may perform dental X-rays to see the alignment of the teeth.
HOW IS UNDERBITE TREATED?
The treatment of Underbite includes braces to correct the position of the teeth, surgery to reshape the jaw, wires to stabilize the jaw bone and capping of the teeth. Early treatment of Underbite will reduce the duration of treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, heredity plays a key role in the formation of an underbite.