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Orthodontics Ask The Dentist - Edward Leventhal Question:
What procedure is used when correcting an underbite? Is it a pretty standard procedure, and what types of problems are possible when doing this procedure? ...Aja

Answer:
Aja, an underbite means that the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth when both top and bottom teeth close. An underbite can be corrected if it is not so severe. This is not a standard procedure, because the underbite can be caused by the lower jaw growing at a faster rate than the top jaw, or the top jaw growing at a slower rate than the bottom jaw or in combination with teeth. It is very complex, and the underlying underbite reason must be determined before treatment can be started. The best thing to do would be to have an evaluation with an orthodontist.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300



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