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  • My 13 year old has had braces for two and a half years for an underbite. At our last visit his orthodontist mentioned his bottom jaw is starting to extend again. He wants to remove two of my son's bottom teeth (21 and 28). How will taking two teeth out affect him in adulthood when his jaw has finished growing and wisdom teeth have came in? Will this all be in vain? ...Visitor from Winchester    (answer)

  • Adult underbite: I have upper and lower dentures. What is the procedure or service to correct an Underbite? ...Visitor from Lafayette    (answer)

  • My 12 month old has an underbite. I don't know of anyone in my family or her father's family that have one. Will it correct itself or is it something that needs to be corrected in the future. ...Visitor from NC    (answer)

  • I'm 24 years old and have a underbite but don't know what class of it. All I know is that I'm starting to bite my inner cheeks and don't have enough money for surgery and my teeth are bad because I'm embarrassed. Will braces help? ...Visitor from WA    (answer)

  • I have an overlap between my lower jaw and the upper jaw. I am wearing braces to close the gaps between my teeth. The lower jaw is forward and to the right also. Now, because of the underbite, there is an intersection between the lower teeth and the upper one. Do you think surgery would solve it? And when surgery is helpful, do I need to take off the brace and wear it after the surgery? ...Visitor from Saudi Arabia     (answer)

  • Underbite treatment leads to overbite: My daughter is 14 years old and she is being treated for Class III malocclusion. We went to 4 different orthodontists before we decided to proceed and all of them recommended the same treatment until she decides to have surgery later on. So she had an arch expander for 3 months and now braces for a year. She is supposed to have braces for another year at least. However she developed a severe overbite, where she cannot bite at all and her tongue slips out when she talks at the point where she is afraid to talk. Is this considered normal or I should take her for a second opinion? ...Visitor from Ontario     (answer)

  • I have an underbite and I'm turning 16 soon. I would like to know if surgery is my only option and if its possible to just try the treatment with the headgear and see if it works. Marianna in NY     (answer)

  • My wife and I have consulted with two orthodontists regarding our 15 year old daughter's underbite. She had braces for about a year in the third grade, now she is going back for the second phase since she has stopped growing. We ruled out surgery for her lower jaw because the effects would only be cosmetic, and she's a pretty girl. However the first orthodontist we consulted recommended shaving in between all of her teeth before using braces, while the second orthodontist said that he would remove teeth. When we asked the second orthodontist about shaving he replied that it would not provide enough room. Is there usually such a wide range or differing approaches?     (answer)

  • I had jaw surgery on my underbite when I was 15. I am now 20 and my jaw grew back to the way it looked prior to surgery. I would like to get it done again. Do you think this is a good idea? Do you think it will reverse again? ...Visitor from Iowa     (answer)

  • 13 month old boy: What and when should something be done for a baby who is developing an underbite? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Treatment - 16 year old: I recently turned 16 and went to see an orthodontist about my options to fix my underbite. He said I'd have to wait till im 18 in order to get oral surgery. My underbite is really uncomfortable. I was wondering if there is any othe possible option to fix my underbite now. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Growing back: I am 16 and I had braces for 3 years. It corrected my underbite, but now that I am still "growing" it is moving back to its original position. Is surgery the only way to fix it? Or is there another option I could take? I show horses, and being out of commission would hurt me deeply. Also I don't want an underbite nor my mouth wired shut for senior pictures. ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • Wisdom Teeth cause? I did not have underbites when I was little, but about 1 to 2 weeks after my wisdom teeth grown, my bottom jaw started to push forward. I was wondering will my jaw push back if I remove my wisdom teeth? I was 16 when my wisdom teeth started to grow, and now I am almost 17. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Too Late for Correction? I am 33 years old now and I have a underbite problem. Also, 3 of my front teeth have had root canals before. Is it too late to correct the underbite problem? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • TMJ: Is there surgery that will correct an underbite and TMJ? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Class 3 Occlusion: I have had an underbite ever since I can remember. My sister and my Mom and Dad don't have it but me and my brother do. My underbite is not extreme as the others. If I pull my jaw back I can touch my top and bottom front teeth but not the rest. I am about a 6cm from having a nice smile. Its hard not being able to smile when every body else does. I'm 17 years old. I'am so close to having a good smile. Please any info is welcomed. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Surgery instead of braces? I'm 19 years old and I have an underbite. All of my friends say that I have a beautiful smile but I don't feel that way because of my underbite, which I think is pretty bad. I went to my dentist and he said that I would have to have braces and then have surgery. Since I'm 19 I really don't want to get braces but I'm fine with having the surgery done to realign my jaw. Is there anyway that I can just get the surgery done without the braces? I know my teeth aren't 100% straight but I really don't want to get braces. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Breaking Jaw and Surgery required? How can an under-bite be fixed? I was told that major surgery was involved and this included the breakage of my jaw bone. Is this the procedure for most under-bites? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Jaw pain: I am 56 years old. I have an underbite that has never given me any problems until very recently. My jaws are starting to feel pain near my ears. What can happen, what is causing this, and what can be done to help it ? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Fix without Surgery? I'm 19 years old and I have a mini underbite. Its not that bad but it is still an underbite! Because of the underbite, my face looks flat, except for my nose. Is it possible to correct my underbite without having surgery? I'm scared of surgery. ...Visitor from Vancouver British Columbia Canada     (answer)

  • Does it worsen as we grow older? I have an underbite and wanted to know if it will continue to worsen with age or stops when I stopped growing? I have lived with it for this long as I am 27 years old, but if it was to get worse maybe look into correcting. Also, how likely is it to pass on through my children? ...Visitor from Australia     (answer)

  • I have an idea on how to fix my bite: 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     (answer)

  • Class 3: My daughter is 8 years old and has a class 3 underbite. I have taken her to 2 dentists. Dentist no. 1 said she must go to an orthodontist for braces and dentist no. 2 said we should do nothing till she is 12 when she could have her lower jaw broken and reset by a maxillo-facial surgeon. Dentist no 2 also said that her jaw will go back to how it was after braces have been removed as she is still growing. I would really appreciate your advice. ...Visitor from South Africa     (answer)

  • Class 3 Bite: I'm 18 years old and I have a class 3 underbite. I have already had braces. I had them for 3 years. I got them off about a year ago. When I had braces my orthodonist had some of my teeth pulled to give my teeth room to move. Now that my braces are off my friends and I think my teeth look worse than before I had braces. Now my bottom teeth stick out alot farther than my top teeth and now I have gaps where they pulled my teeth. Is there anything I can do besides surgery? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Can't see top teeth: I am currently going through the braces stage for my under bite. Surgery was an option for me at the start of my treatment but the orthodontist said she could fix my bite with out surgery. I have nearly finished aligning my teeth and I am still unhappy with the result my teeth are sitting behind my top teeth. Now you can not see my top teeth very well because my top jaw is too small. I did go see a maxillofacial surgeon before I started my treatment and he said that he would make my top jaw longer and pull it down so you could see more of my top teeth. My parents are against the surgery and say it is not nessary because my teeth are in the correct position. I am still very unhappy though. ...Visitor from Australia     (answer)

  • Acromegaly: I have an underbite that developed from Acromegaly, which I have recently been diagnosed with. I do not want to have surgery to correct the underbite because I have residual damage from Bells Palsy. My question: how can I correct the underbite without surgery? Also, since the Acromegaly releases the Growth Hormone, is it possible to treat my orthodontic problem of that of a teenager who is still growing? I am 39 year old female. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

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