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An Underbite: What It Is and How to Treat It

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If you are like most people, you probably have never heard of the term “underbite.” This is because it is a condition that is not very common. An underbite occurs when the lower teeth extend further out than the upper teeth. It can be caused by genetics, poor oral hygiene, or even tooth decay. In some cases, it may be necessary to undergo surgery in order to correct the problem. In other cases, however, Invisalign can be used to treat an underbite without surgery.

An underbite is more than just a cosmetic issue. Depending on the severity of your underbite, it can cause some oral health problems like:

  • Difficulty biting and chewing food
  • Difficulty speaking 
  • Pain in your mouth and face 

What causes underbites?

underbites are mainly caused by genetics but there are some other factors that can cause underbites as well suc as:

  • Thumb sucking 
  • Tongue thrusting or pushing on the teeth with the tongue
  • Extended pacifier use 
  • Extended bottle feeding


If one of your parents has an underbite, you are more likely to have one. Your genetics influence your jaw posture as well as the size and form of your teeth.


When the jawbones are permanently damaged, it’s possible that one of them has an injury to the face. Although fixing and mending the fractured jawbones is feasible, there’s a slight chance they won’t reconnect correctly after being adjusted, resulting in an underbite.

How are underbites treated?

When it comes to treating underbites, there are some serious health benefits to fixing your underbite. Your teeth will become easier to clean which lowers your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.  Additionally, your teeth will be aligned properly which prevents them from grinding against each other and causing premature tooth wear. Dentistry at The Grove can help you make sure that your underbite is treated in a way that suits your lifestyle.


Dentistry at The Grove suggests that Invisalign is a great way to treat underbites without surgery. It uses clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth to gradually move them into the correct position. This is a great option for adults who want to avoid surgery or for children who are still growing and may need to have their treatment adjusted as they grow.

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