To some, an underbite might be a solely aesthetic problem, affecting how someone perceives themselves outwardly. However, an underbite is so much more than just an aesthetic problem, so much so that if left untreated for too long, it can cause severe health problems like speech problems, difficulty swallowing, chronic headaches, and much more.
To prevent this, those affected must get treatment as soon as possible. But, since underbites aren’t as popular as overbites, treatments aren’t very well known, and the ones that are – looking at you, braces! – strike fear into our hearts. However, what if you want to take a natural approach? Believe it or not, it’s possible, and we outline how to fix an underbite naturally in several ways below.
If you want to know how to fix an underbite naturally but still get dentist chair-like results, invisible aligners are a treatment option. However, they work best if your underbite is mild to moderate; if skeletal problems cause your malocclusion, you might have to consider surgery first and then use aligners.
Like braces, aligners exert pressure on the teeth over time, forcing them to move into a new position and moving your jaw with it. But without looking like Jaws from James Bond! Learn more about how they work by visiting providers’ websites like ALIGNERCO.
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The most popular way to rectify mild to severe underbites naturally is by using braces. Like invisible aligners, they coax your teeth into the proper place by getting periodically tightened by your orthodontist.
As the brace is tightened, your underbite is fixed, and your teeth are straightened due to the pressure that encourages your jaw to align with your teeth. The only drawback with braces is their look, the discomfort they cause, and the price (depending on which variety you opt for).
Although braces aren’t everyone’s first choice, you can choose from several types nowadays, such as lingual, ceramic, self-ligating, and metal, making them more flattering. However, with these kinds of braces starting at upwards of $8,000, it’s a luxury that doesn’t come cheap!
Providing that your underbite is mild and isn’t caused by skeletal issues, another way to improve your malocclusion without surgical intervention is through tooth extraction. Depending on the severity of your underbite, it could be improved by removing one or more teeth from the lower jaw, a painless procedure, and over in a few seconds, unlike some of the treatments listed above.
Often, you might find that your orthodontist uses a combination of tooth extraction and braces to improve the appearance of your underbite. Or they might suggest other options, such as an upper jaw extender or a ‘reverse-pull’ facemask that you wear at night to widen the upper jaw or pull the lower one into the correct position.