An underbite is when the lower jaw protrudes forward past the upper arch of teeth. Underbites can lead to a range of oral health complications and often cause patients a great deal of social difficulty. Treating underbites during the early stages of oral development can improve the health and comfort of the bite and prevent further stigmatization.
Timonium, MD board certified orthodontist Dr. Mohammad Izadi offers comprehensive orthodontic care for the treatment of underbites. Our goal is to pinpoint the functional and skeletal cause of the underbite in order to bring the jaw back into proper alignment. Izadi Orthodontics promotes orthodontic retention through patient education and extended support after the completion of treatment.
What Caues An Underbite
Underbites are commonly hereditary and are typically caused by an underdeveloped upper jaw and larger lower jaw. Overcrowding and jaw deformities can also cause an underbite. Early intervention and phased treatment for underbites are highly recommended for optimal results.
Underbites can make it difficult for children to eat and speak normally. Underbites can affect a child’s speech development and facial and skeletal development. More advanced underbites can cause breathing difficulties and chronic facial discomfort.