Treatment of Underbites

Underbite Treatment Bakersfield Orthodontist Jared R Gianquinto DMD MSClass III malocclusions, more commonly known as “underbites”, are arguably the most difficult types of conditions to treat in orthodontics, especially when a patient has a skeletal pattern that tends toward an open bite. Class III malocclusions are where the lower first molar is more anterior (or more towards the front of the mouth) than the upper first molar. In this abnormal relationship, the lower teeth and jaw project further forward than the upper teeth and jaws. There is a concave appearance in profile with a prominent chin. Class III problems are usually due to an overgrowth in the lower jaw, undergrowth of the upper jaw or a combination of the two, and are genetically inherited. Class III growth patterns are often unpredictable. Lower jaw growth can occur in adults (particularly in males) into the mid 20s. Wearing a splint-type retainer can help lessen the likelihood of relapse, but sometimes additional orthodontic and/or surgical correction in adulthood is required.  Other treatment options may also be available. If you have any questions, please call us. We are here for you!