Even if your teeth are fairly straight, there are other dental issues that can keep your smile from being perfect. Underbite is one such dental condition that can cause many problems for you. Underbite occurs when the lower teeth go over the upper teeth. This is the opposite, of course, of overbite which occurs when the upper teeth go over the lower teeth. Nonetheless, underbite is every bit as serious of a problem as overbite.
There’s two potential causes for underbite. The first is the upper jaw not growing enough. The second cause of underbite is the lower jaw growing too much. In some cases, it is a combination of the two that causes underbite.
Some individuals with underbite have it merely due to genetics. In this case, it’s not uncommon to see others in the family have underbite or even overbite. Those with underbite often have difficulty chewing and smiling evenly. This is because of the unevenness of the jaw.
The effects of an underbite long term include poor chewing ability, poor esthetics, and excessive wear on teeth over time.
With braces, underbite is gradually corrected. Unless your underbite is particularly severe, you can correct it with the help of Dr. Parsyeh and Invisalign. Invisalign is a set of clear trays that gradually move your teeth together to correct the bite. After treatment is complete, your teeth are permanently corrected and you will have a beautiful smile.