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Underbite Dentistry Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
I have an idea on how to fix my underbite: I have an underbite but my problem is not that my upper teeth protrude in front of my bottom teeth.

I have had braces before so my upper and bottom front teeth now meet. My problem is that the angle of my front bottom teeth is slanted outward at like a 45 degree angle (I'm sure its not 45 degrees but you get my point).

I was wondering if without surgery I can push back my bottom teeth so that they stand vertically instead of slanted and then bring my bottom jaw forward so that my bottom and upper front teeth meet. I am sure that would get rid of my underbite.

I hope I explained it well enough for you. So let me know what you think. ...Visitor from WA

Straightening the lower front teeth so that they are straight up and down may create a larger overbite which would result in a open bite.

The only other way to correct this would be to have jaw surgery to advance the lower jaw.

A Nazarian, DDS

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