Dealing with an underbite can be challenging and may affect a person’s self-esteem, speech, and overall oral health. Fortunately, underbite treatment is available to help patients regain their confidence and avoid more severe complications in the future.
At Orthodontists Associates of Western New York, our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages. In this blog, we will explore underbite treatment, its benefits, and how our team can help you achieve the perfect smile you deserve.
What is an Underbite?
An underbite, also known as a Class III malocclusion, occurs when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth, resulting in an incorrect bite. This condition can be caused by various factors, including genetics, jaw growth discrepancies, or habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting. Left untreated, underbites can lead to difficulties in chewing, speech problems, and potential jaw joint issues.
The Importance of Underbite Treatment
Underbite treatment is essential not only for aesthetic reasons but also for promoting better oral health. Correcting an underbite can help to:
- Improve speech and chewing function.
- Reduce the risk of dental issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- Prevent wear and tear on the teeth and jaw joints, which could lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- Enhance self-esteem and overall quality of life.
Underbite Treatment Options at Orthodontists Associates of Western New York
Our skilled orthodontists at Orthodontists Associates of Western New York are experienced in diagnosing and treating underbites, using a variety of methods to achieve the best results for each patient. Some of the underbite treatment options we offer include:
Braces: Traditional braces are a time-tested method for underbite correction. Our orthodontists will carefully plan and adjust the braces to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign: For patients seeking a more discreet option, Invisalign is an excellent choice. This underbite treatment uses clear, custom-made aligners that are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning.
Orthodontic appliances: In some cases, additional devices such as expanders or headgear may be used in conjunction with braces or Invisalign to help correct the jaw position and achieve optimal underbite treatment results.
Orthodontic Surgery: For more severe cases or adult patients with fully developed jaws, corrective jaw surgery may be recommended to achieve the best underbite treatment outcome.
Our Commitment to Quality Care
At Orthodontists Associates of Western New York, we believe in providing exceptional care and expertise to our patients. Our team of orthodontists, Dr. Dominic A. Colarusso Jr., Dr. Steven J. Hietanen, Dr. Andrew J. Dusel, and Dr. Kevin L. Hanley, are dedicated to offering personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Our practice has a long-standing history of excellence in the field of underbite treatment and orthodontics. Drs. Hietanen and Dusel are proud members of the Craniofacial team at Oshei Children’s Hospital, specializing in complex craniofacial conditions. Their expertise and dedication to continued education ensure that our patients receive the latest, most effective treatments. Our commitment to excellence ensures that patients can trust our team to deliver the highest level of care and support throughout their treatment journey.
Orthodontists Associates of Western New York is proud to offer underbite treatment throughout Buffalo, Lancaster, Olean, Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Dunkirk, East Aurora, and Niagara Falls, New York. If you are considering underbite treatment for yourself or a loved one, please contact one of our seven convenient orthodontic offices to arrange a free consultation.
Our reputation as a leader in orthodontic care is based on one thing… Making a Healthy and Beautiful Smile