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When Does an Underbite Require Treatment?

Posted on 2/15/2020 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
When Does an Underbite Require Treatment?There can be any number of factors that could cause misalignment in the jaw. Some of it can be due to genetics, while others could be due to habits.

Some of the most common causes for an underbite could be due to thumb sucking, using a pacifier or bottle after the age of three, or pushing the tongue against the teeth. It can be critical to start bringing your child to us as soon as you feel concerned that there could be a potential for an underbite, as the sooner we catch it, the sooner we can work to fix it.

How to Know When Treatment Is Necessary

Practicing good oral hygiene habits are important to good dental health, so just because the baby teeth are temporary does not make them any less important. In fact, they can be what paves the way towards a strong foundation for the permanent teeth when they start to emerge. One good method of preventing oral problems is to stay on top of their dental care starting from the very first baby tooth.

Once you are aware of an issue developing, it is simple to just come in so we can do a full assessment and determine what the problem might be. We can detect future complications as well, so even if the underbite appears minor, it is still a good idea to get it checked out. With a minor underbite, we may recommend either removing or shaving down the troublesome teeth. Chances are, however, we can easily apply braces to help realign the teeth before it can cause issues with eating or speaking. For more serious cases, surgery may be necessary, but the earlier it is caught, the less likely this becomes a possibility.

Those who are concerned about misalignment and are interested in preventative measures are welcome to call our office for more information. We are happy to walk you through any questions you might have.
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