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Do Underbites Require Treatment?

Posted on 2/29/2020 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Do Underbites Require Treatment?Although most people with overbites realize that they need treatment, sometimes the same is not true for those with underbites. The truth of the matter is, underbites need to be treated just as much as overbites do.

Here is more information on this condition, and the reasons that people who suffer from it really do need to seek out treatment.

What is an Underbite?

An underbite is the condition that occurs when the teeth on the lower jaw overlap the teeth on the upper jaw. With most people, the front teeth overlap the bottom when their mouths are closed. With those who have an underbite, the opposite is true.

Does an Underbite Need to Be Treated?

If you have an underbite, you need to have it treated. There are a number of issues that could arise if you choose to not have your underbite addressed.

The most obvious issue that can arise with an underbite is a difficulty eating and chewing. Most people with an underbite find that it is very challenging to correctly chew their food due to the misalignment of their teeth.

Another issue with an underbite is that it can contribute to difficulty speaking properly. Because you rely on the placement of your teeth when you are speaking, teeth that are incorrectly aligned can affect your ability to make certain sounds.

In addition, if you have an underbite, you will likely suffer from accelerated tooth decay. This is because the enamel on your teeth will wear away much more quickly. Normally, the tough enamel helps protect the teeth, but when it is excessively worn away, the teeth are much more likely to decay.

What Now?

If you have an underbite, and you would like more information on treatment options, feel free to contact us.

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