Overbite and Underbite Correction FAQs

MG 0565 768x430 1.jpgMG 3735.JPG2 .jpg2 768x474 1.jpgCan you correct an overbite on your own? Many patients wonder about this before seeking treatment. The answer is no. Overbites and underbites are jaw malocclusions that require professional dental treatment.

Overbites are often caused by prolonged thumb sucking, pacifier use, or baby bottle use. Underbites are usually caused by congenital defects affecting the lower jaw. Overbites and underbites should both be detected and treated during early childhood to avoid later problems that will be more expensive to correct.

If you are an adult with an overbite or underbite, treatment options are available that can correct the alignment of your jaw and improve function.

Proper Bite Alignment

The upper teeth should normally be slightly in front of the lower teeth. An overbite occurs when the upper teeth are in front by a significant margin, whereas an underbite occurs when the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix an Overbite?

If you’re asking yourself, “How much does it cost to fix overbite disorders?”, remember that there are multiple options with different price points. Non-surgical treatment of an overbite generally involves some type of braces. The total cost can vary greatly due to the many factors that could affect it, but the typical range is between $4,000 and $9,000.

At What Age Should an Overbite Be Corrected?

You can begin evaluating your child’s teeth for a developing overbite as early as age 5. Correcting the overbite should begin before the age of eight to prevent long-term problems like difficulty chewing food, headaches, and jaw pain.

What Is the Best Age to Correct an Underbite?

Can an underbite be corrected the same way an overbite can be corrected? It’s important to note that different problems will require different approaches. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven to determine if they need treatment for an underbite.

They should receive treatment between the ages of 7 and 10 to avoid long-term problems that require additional corrective treatment. In particular, treatment should be completed before the permanent teeth come in.

Is It Expensive to Fix an Underbite?

Non-surgical options to fix an underbite include braces. The price point for underbite braces varies slightly from those for overbite braces, ranging between $3,000 and $10,000.

Can You Fix an Underbite Without Surgery?

Can you correct an overbite on your own? While there is rarely a reason to treat an underbite with surgery, these cases are best treated with orthodontic treatments, like Controlled Arch Orthodontics and Invisalign. Cosmetic procedures like crowns and porcelain veneers can also be effective for treating underbites and overbites.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Learn more about your treatment options for overbites and underbites by scheduling a consultation at the Konig Center for Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, TX. Dr. Ronald W. Konig is an experienced dentist who can help you by developing a customized treatment plan. You can reach us by calling (713) 668-2289 or completing an online contact form.

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