My child has an UNDERBITE – Part 2
What is the best age to treat underbite?
It is recommended that an initial orthodontic assessment be performed at the first sign of orthodontic problems or around age 7. At this age, the adult molars would have erupted and changing between milk teeth and adult teeth begins. Not everyone is suitable to receive orthodontic treatment at this stage, but a thorough examination can help the orthodontist determine the best time to begin orthodontic treatment for your child.
The jaws of a growing child are more easily manipulated into proper alignment compared to adults. One of the benefits in getting an early orthodontic assessment is that, in many cases, the earlier treatment begins, the simpler and less expensive it can be.
Treatments for underbite?
Treatment modality for underbite depends on the nature and severity of underbite, as well as the age of patient when treatment begins.
Treatment options for underbite include:
Reverse pull face mask
Used in growing children. It is customized and designed to fix the discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws by moving the upper jaw forward.
Braces are designed to straighten malaligned teeth. It does not correct jaw discrepancies. In some patients, extraction of adult teeth may be required to correct the underbite.
Combined braces with jaw surgery
Severe jaw discrepancy can only be corrected with surgery. This treatment is only carried out in late teenage years or in adults.
If you or your child has an underbite, see one of our specialists orthodontist for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.