An underbite, clinically known as a Class III malocclusion, is when your lower teeth overlap your upper teeth. You or your child might have an underbite ranging from a mild misalignment (your upper and lower rows of teeth almost meet) to an acutely pronounced underbite (your teeth don't meet at all). The latter could be the result of a prognathism, a protrusion of the lower jaw.
- Eating difficulties
- Speaking issues
- Cracked or worn-down teeth
- Tooth decay from wear of tooth enamel
- Chronic jaw or joint (TMJ) pain
- Headaches and Earaches
Underbites are commonly found in children and adolescents.
Although, the misalignment usually resolves once permanent teeth fully erupt. If you are concerned your child may have a true underbite, it is crucial to make an appointment with a local orthodontist to discuss whether treatment is necessary or not.
Treatment for an underbite depends on the patient’s age and the severity of misalignment