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Question:
I had my braces when I was 15 to fix my teeth, but it involved removing an impacted tooth. So it was removed and I had the braces.

I had it for about a year and it made my teeth better, however I developed an underbite (the dentist told me that this was the cause of removing the impacted teeth). She made me use some sort of hardened mold to fix the underbite, but we had a severe argument and we never finished.

The braces are gone and I don't use the hardened mold anymore, and it's been 2-3 years since that happened. Is there anyway to fix my underbite? The left side of my teeth are aligned but when it gets to the center to the right there's an underbite. ...Visitor from Phillipines

Answer:
In hindsight, it probably would have been a better idea to replace that extracted tooth with a dental implant.

The events that followed your treatment are almost predictable with an orthodontist who knows more about alignment than occlusion.

Consult with a Prosthodontist (typically more knowledgeable about bite issues than many orthodontists) to investigate the possibility of moving your teeth again to replace the missing tooth.

These kinds of procedures are fairly common with patients who have undergone extraction orthodontics and don't like the final outcome.

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