An underbite has secondary effects on how you feel, speak, eat, and even breathe. While a mild underbite might not present much of a problem for some people, for others, it can be a difficult condition to put up with, even if it’s been lifelong. And if the condition is more severe, the effects are, of course, more pronounced. Fortunately, the team at Unique Orthodontics can help you.
An underbite is basically the opposite of an overbite. Your lower jaw sits in a more forward position than it should, often resulting in malocclusion, or a badly aligned bite between jaws. As a result, you can have trouble speaking, chewing, and even breathing if the malocclusion is severe enough. You can also end up biting your inner cheek too much, so if you tend to do that a lot, it may be due to your underbite rather than having an unlucky moment while chewing.
Previously, underbites were treated with everything from braces to surgery, and while those are still options, brace alternates are more common as treatments now. Key to your treatment is finding out how much the underbite affects you. Severe underbites may need urgent treatment in order to have you feeling better quickly, especially if the maloccluded bite has damaged your teeth.
Unique Orthodontics has offices in Fresno, Madera, Clovis, Old Town Clovis, and Tulare. Our orthodontist will help you figure out just how much that underbite is affecting your ability to eat, sleep, breathe, and have a comfortable life. We’ll discuss your options with you and give you all the details you need to decide which route to take. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started with your evaluation and treatment.