If you have an underbite, you’ll likely know that it’s more than just a cosmetic problem.
Some patients may choose to live and embrace their underbites, whereas many patients experience severe oral health problems such as:
- Difficulty speaking
- Chewing and biting challenges
- Mouth and face pain caused by TMJ
If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, or the pain your underbite is causing you then get in touch with us today – we can help!
Defining an underbite
An underbite is a dental condition, which is characterised by the lower teeth extending further than the upper front teeth.
These are also referred to as Class 3 malocclusions (prognathism).
Notoriously, underbites can cause a bulldog-like appearance in the mouth, which has caused many of our patients to feel self-conscious.
How are they caused?
There are several factors that can contribute to an underbite.
They are caused when teeth are in an incorrect alignment, which can happen due to bad habits like thumb sucking and pushing the tongue against the back of the teeth.
Genetics can also play a part as most underbites are inherited. This is because jaw and tooth shape and size are hereditary.
In many cases we come across, underbites are often the result of the lower jaw being too far forward.
Treatments for underbite correction and reversals
If you weren’t born with perfectly straight or aligned teeth, don’t worry, because you’re not alone!
Whilst some cases of misaligned teeth do not require urgent dental support when it comes to reversing a difficult underbite, choosing to do so can result in significant benefits.
- Teeth are easier to clean
- Risk of tooth decay and gum disease decreases
- Less strain on the teeth, facial muscles and jaw
- Reduces symptoms of temporomandibular disorders
Invisalign can produce some incredible results when it comes to realigning your smile.
However, when it comes to severe and complex cases, Invisalign does have its limitations.
Straightforward, simple underbite cases can be treated with Invisalign Full quite easily, however, more severe underbites may require surgery prior to treatment.
The only way to truly see if you qualify for Invisalign would be to meet with an Invisalign trained orthodontist, who can confirm if you are a suitable candidate for the invisible aligner system.
Alternative brace systems
Fixed, wired braces may also be a solution to correcting your overbite. However, again, in extreme cases, jaw surgery may be unavoidable.
Metal braces have a reputation for straightening teeth successfully, however, recently, they have somewhat fallen out of patient favour due to newer, faster innovative brace solutions becoming available. You can explore them all here.
Certified oral surgeons can correct underbites with no issues – often prescribed in the most severe of cases, jaw surgery, in this case, will reshape and lengthen the upper jaw, or simply shorten the bottom jaw.
Jaw surgery costs can be high, so it is important to distinguish if there is a medical need to pursue with one. However, the NHS offer funding for grade 4/5 cases, with grade 3 cases reviewed on an individual basis.
Underbite correction costs
The final cost of fixing an underbite may vary from person to person, this is because it will depend on the severity and if there are any additional procedures that will help any orthodontic work be more successful.
However, here’s a rough overview of what prices can look like per treatment:
- Invisalign: £2,000-£5,000
- Metal braces: £500-£3,000
To book an appointment, or for any questions please call 01992 552115.
Medically reviewed & updated on June 9, 2021