What causes an underbite?
The most common cause of an underbite is genetics. Many people with an underbite were born with it, and it probably runs in the family. Genetic factors such as a large lower jaw or overcrowded teeth can contribute to an underbite.
Although less common, underbites can also be caused by childhood behaviors. Behaviors such as excessive thumb sucking, mouth breathing, using a pacifier for too long and poor chewing habits may cause underbites over time.
Left untreated, underbites can cause many unpleasant symptoms and lead to increased health risks. Underbites can cause the following symptoms and more:
- Difficulty speaking, chewing and swallowing
- Gum disease
- Lower self-confidence
- Misaligned teeth
- Altered face shape
The earlier you can identify and treat an underbite, the better. Reach out to your orthodontist as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms.
Why correct an underbite?
Underbite treatment is essential to eliminate problems with your teeth and jaw and prevent further health risks from developing. Underbites do not reverse on their own, so nearly all cases require professional treatment.
Without proper treatment, symptoms such as pain and difficulty chewing or swallowing can worsen with age as the misalignment erodes your teeth’s enamel. Underbite correction becomes more difficult with age, so it’s crucial to pursue treatment as soon as possible — preferably before these symptoms manifest.
Underbite treatment options
There are many treatment options for underbite correction without surgery, though the most severe underbites may require it. At Amazing Smiles, we provide the following underbite treatments:
Why choose Amazing Smiles?
At Amazing Smiles, we love to make people smile. We prioritize patient care and treat each of our guests with the individualized attention they deserve. We combine our compassionate service with cutting-edge technology to deliver first-class orthodontic care. We’re also committed to serving our community outside the office — we have contributed over $2 million in local donations and scholarships. Choose Amazing Smiles for access to a team that’s dedicated to serving your needs and restoring your health and confidence.
When you need underbite correction in Metro East and Clayton, turn to the experts at Amazing Smiles. We’re here to help correct your alignment and set you on the path to a smile you’ll love to share. Contact our team online to schedule your free consultation today!