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Question:
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 issues caused by size differences between the upper and lower jaw are routinely treated with orthognathic surgery, by an oral surgeon.

Jawbone material is typically lengthened or shortened on one or both sides as needed. Afterwards, braces are commonly used to realign all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.

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