What Is
an Underbite?

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

Common Treatment

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