Braces and How They Can Help An Underbite

dog with an underbite

Braces and How They Can Help An Underbite

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Now that we’ve got your attention with our cheeky doggy photo, let’s chat about underbites! An underbite is a dental misalignment where the lower teeth protrude forward, overlapping the upper teeth when the jaws are closed. This condition can lead to functional issues such as difficulty chewing, speech problems, and aesthetic concerns. Fortunately, braces offer an effective solution for correcting underbites and restoring proper alignment.

Braces work by applying gentle and consistent pressure to the teeth, guiding them into their ideal positions over time. 

Here’s how braces can fix an underbite:

  • Braces consist of small brackets that are attached to the front surface of each tooth using a special adhesive. These brackets act as anchors for the wires that run through them. The wires are carefully adjusted by a specialist orthodontist to apply pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into the correct alignment.
  • Elastics, also known as rubber bands, may be used in conjunction with braces to correct underbites. By attaching elastics to hooks on the brackets, orthodontists can apply the necessary force to move the lower teeth back and the upper teeth forward, gradually correcting the underbite.
  • Throughout the course of treatment, patients will visit their orthodontist regularly for adjustments. During these appointments, the wires may be tightened or replaced with thicker wires to continue guiding the teeth into their proper positions.

Braces offer a reliable and effective solution for correcting underbites. By gently guiding the teeth into alignment, braces can restore proper bite function and improve both the appearance and health of the smile. If you’re struggling with an underbite, book a consultation with our friendly team at Noranda Orthodontics and our specialist orthodontist Dr Trudy Stewart can discuss your treatment options and see if braces are right for you.