An underbite is a common condition that requires unique treatment. The team at Zaytoun Orthodontics has extensive experience treating underbites in Raleigh, Cary, and Garner.
What Causes an Underbite?
An underbite occurs when the lower teeth and jaw protrude in front of the upper teeth. This is often a genetically-inherited trait, but a number of other external factors can cause an underbite, including but not limited to:
- Undergrowth of the upper jaw
- Overgrowth of the lower jaw
- Missing or Crowded teeth
- Excessive thumb sucking as a child
- Use of a pacifier or baby bottle for too long
Unlike overbites or other common issues with the jaw and teeth, an underbite will not go away on its own. Almost every underbite will require treatment from an orthodontist – the earlier, the better. If you need orthodontist treatment in Raleigh, Cary, or Garner, Zaytoun Orthodontics can help treat your underbite.
If left untreated, an underbite will worsen over time as the jaw and teeth continue to grow increasingly misaligned. Typical issues that arise from an underbite include:
- Jaw and tooth pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ & TMD)
- Crooked/misaligned teeth
- Tooth decay and loss of tooth enamel
- Gum disease
- Asymmetrical facial features
How do you correct an Underbite?
When it comes to underbites in children, teens and young adults, early diagnosis and treatment planning are crucial. As patients get older, it gets more difficult to treat an underbite as wear and tear worsens on the jaw and teeth. No matter your age, don’t let an underbite cause you pain, our orthodontists in Cary, Raleigh, and Garner can help!