Are underbites really that bad?

child-sucking-thumbYour dentist tells you that you have an overbite, underbite, or other common dental abnormality. How big of a deal is this? After all, nearly 70 percent of children will develop an underbite to some degree, and most people’s teeth don’t line up perfectly. What damage can a little underbite cause? 

Yes, underbites are really that bad

While bite abnormalities are common, they can lead to serious problems. The severity of the problem your overbite may cause is related to the severity of the misalignment, so people with overbites should ask their dentist if their condition is serious enough to warrant treatment. If your underbite is severe enough, it can cause any of the following:

  • Cosmetic issues: dental abnormalities can contort the structure of your face and cause your teeth to protrude in an unpleasant manner. This can damage your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Speech problems: You may have a harder time forming certain words or speak with a lisp.
  • Difficulty chewing: Your jaw muscles have to work harder to chew your food when your teeth don’t line up correctly.
  • Soft tissue damage: Teeth that rest on gums instead of teeth when the mouth is closed can tear up the soft tissue.
  • Jaw pain: Your jaw muscles undergo undue strain when they are improperly aligned.
Fix your underbite

If your dental abnormality is causing you problems, you may be wondering how to fix your underbite or overbite. The exact treatment plan will depend on the severity of your condition, so you will need to talk to your dentist to find out exactly what steps are required to correct it. Your dentist will take x-rays and/or impressions of your bite to determine the exact position of you teeth and jaw bones. In most cases, braces or invisible aligners are required. Some severe cases may require surgery.

Take action

Dental abnormalities do not go away on their own. If anything, they will only get worse if left untreated. Generally, the sooner these dental abnormalities are addressed, the more successful the final outcome will be, and less invasive procedures are needed. Begin the process of correcting your overbite or underbite, come in for a complimentary misaligned bit consultation.