Lombard Dental Studio in Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks Dental Studio, 245 Lombard St, CA 91360

Underbites: Causes, Complications, and Corrections

An underbite, a less common but notable dental condition, occurs when the lower front teeth protrude beyond the upper front teeth upon closing the mouth. This issue often stems from the lower jaw being positioned too far forward rather than a simple misalignment of the teeth.

The Impact of Underbites on Oral Health

Underbites go beyond cosmetic concerns, affecting functional aspects of oral health. They can complicate chewing and speaking, leading to inefficiencies and discomfort in daily activities. Additionally, underbites can accelerate the wear and tear on teeth, potentially resulting in premature tooth decay and gum issues due to the uneven distribution of bite force.

Correcting Underbites with Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners offer a contemporary solution to underbite correction, effectively treating certain cases through meticulously planned teeth movement. For more severe underbites, a combination of Invisalign treatment and orthognathic surgery may be recommended to realign the jaw and teeth for optimal function and aesthetics.

How Invisalign Addresses Underbites

Invisalign works by applying controlled force to the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. For underbites, this often involves moving the lower teeth back while bringing the upper teeth forward, or a combination thereof, depending on the individual's specific alignment needs. The process is highly personalized, with aligners custom-made to fit the patient's mouth and address their unique dental structure.

Underbite correction with Clear Aligners

Identifying Candidates for Invisalign Treatment

Not all underbites are suitable for correction with Invisalign alone. The severity of the underbite, the complexity of jaw misalignment, and the overall health of the patient's teeth and gums are critical factors in determining the appropriate treatment plan. A consultation with an experienced Invisalign provider is essential to assess the viability of Invisalign treatment for underbite correction. These professionals can offer insights into the expected outcomes, treatment duration, and whether adjunctive surgical procedures might be necessary.

The Importance of Professional Guidance

Seeking treatment from a qualified dental professional is crucial for addressing underbites effectively. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation, discuss potential treatment options, and recommend the best course of action tailored to the individual's needs. Early intervention is key to preventing the progression of an underbite and avoiding more invasive treatments down the line.

Invisalign clear aligners have revolutionized the approach to correcting underbites, offering a less invasive alternative to traditional braces and surgery for many patients. By choosing a path of correction with Invisalign, patients can look forward to not only improving the function and appearance of their bite but also enhancing their overall oral health and confidence.

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Lombard Dental Studio is a full-service dental practice located in Thousand Oaks. Under the expert care of Vadim Lebovich DDS, the practice offers a wide variety of dental services

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