Causes of Underbite
Similar to an overbite, an underbite can be the result of multiple factors, both genetic and environmental. Some of the major contributors include:
Similar to other dental and facial features, underbites can be hereditary. If an underbite is common in your family, you’re more likely to experience it yourself.
Prolonged use of a pacifier, thumb-sucking, or tongue thrusting in early childhood can influence jaw development and contribute to an underbite.
Incorrectly aligned teeth can sometimes be the culprit behind an underbite.
An imbalance in the growth of the upper and lower jaw can lead to an underbite.
Some unusual chewing habits and techniques can also result in the lower jaw growing in a way that causes an underbite.
Regular dental check-ups at Sunshine Boulevard Dental can help in early diagnosis and treatment, ensuring that you maintain excellent oral health and feel confident in your smile.
Let’s Explore the Treatments for Underbite
At Sunshine Boulevard Dental, we offer a diverse range of treatments tailored to the severity of your underbite, ensuring each treatment plan meets your specific needs.
For more severe cases, jaw surgery may be necessary to adjust the jaw’s positioning.
Often used after orthodontic treatment, retainers can help maintain the new alignment.
Specialised dental appliances like chin caps or reverse-pull face masks can be used, particularly in children, to guide jaw growth.
Minor underbites may benefit from tooth reshaping, a procedure that involves adjusting the shape of the teeth for a more aligned bite.
We also provide advice on preventative measures to ensure the durability of your dental health and the success of your treatment.
Timely treatment for underbites can significantly improve oral function, aesthetic appearance, and overall confidence. Regular dental check-ups at Sunshine Boulevard Dental not only provide early diagnosis and treatment of underbites but also contribute to maintaining general oral health and preventing other potential dental issues.