Among the many orthodontic conditions that afflict kids, teens and adults, underbites are among the most serious. In addition to presenting an aesthetic concern, an underbite can cause oral health issues, including rapid tooth erosion and jaw muscle deterioration. For these reasons, underbite treatment should be pursued as quickly as possible. On this page, we provide underbite resources — including an overview of underbites, traditional treatment methods and information on Acceledontics: a revolutionary, fast-acting method of underbite correction with braces. Read on to learn more about underbites and schedule your complimentary Acceledontics consultation today!
What is an Underbite?
An underbite is an orthodontic condition in which the lower set of teeth overlap the upper set of teeth during a bite. Underbites are significantly less common than overbites, though they belong to the same family of bite-alignment issues (called “malocclusions”), along with crossbites and open bites. They are most commonly caused by genetics, though they can also be caused by bad habits formed during childhood, such as thumb-sucking, prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier and thrusting of the tongue against the bottom set of teeth.
Underbites are of particular concern among orthodontists because of the wide range of health concerns they can pose for patients. For one, underbites can inhibit chewing to a much greater degree than overbites. This can cause great strain on the muscles of the jaw and can lead to expedited erosion of the teeth. Underbites are also quite noticeable and are considered an aesthetic abnormality. For these reasons, timely orthodontic treatment is recommended for all those afflicted with this type of misalignment issue.
Underbite Treatment Options
There are number of treatment options currently available for children and adults. The most common treatment to correct a mild to moderate underbite is braces. Braces move teeth into place over time using brackets and wires. For more severe underbites, additional orthodontic appliances such as retainers, expanders and headgear are sometimes needed. For the most severe underbites, corrective surgery is required to move the jaw into place.
If you are dealing with a mild to moderate underbite and facing the prospect of orthodontic treatment, you may be less-than-enthused about underbite correction with braces. After all, traditional braces are quite noticeable. They can also be uncomfortable and take years to complete. Thankfully, there is an alternative.
Acceledontics: Accelerated Underbite Correction
Enter Acceledontics: a revolutionary accelerated orthodontic system that redefines underbite correction with braces. Developed by Dr. Kami Hoss and the award-winning orthodontic team here at The Super Dentists, Acceledontics uses patented hardware and an innovative 5-step method to straighten teeth and fix bite issues in record time. Most patients complete Acceledontics treatment in only 4-6 months! This is less than half the time typical treatments with traditional and “invisible” braces.
The patented hardware featured in the Acceledontics system — including self-litigating AADvance Braces, AADvance Auxiliary Devices, and Accelerators—also increases patient comfort during treatment. Plus, this innovative technology allows our expert orthodontists here at The Super Dentists (the exclusive providers of Acceledontics) to make nuanced adjustments that ultimately lead to exceptional aesthetic and functional results. Treatment is topped off with fast and intensive AADvance Teeth-Whitening to ensure that all Acceledontics patients emerge with healthy, radiant smiles.
With Acceledontics, treatment times are unrivaled. Results are unparalleled — and permanent. Ditch discomfort and expedite underbite treatment with a system engineered to give you the smile of your dreams in a matter of months. Try Acceledontics today!
Learn More and Schedule Your Acceledontics Consultation
Interested in learning more about our underbite treatment for adults and teens? Want to see if Acceledontics is a good fit for you? At The Super Dentists, we’re here to help. Contact us to learn more and schedule your complimentary Acceledontics consultation today!