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Veneers for Underbite Correction

Underbite correction is one of the crucial parts of obtaining a great smile. While Invisalign and braces have been known as the possible ways of correcting an underbite, many people sometimes ask if veneers can also be used to correct an underbite. The truth is that veneers can be used to correct an underbite; however, it is a little more than you may think. Below is what you should know about using veneers to correct an underbite. 

Veneers for Underbite Correction

What is an underbite?

An underbite is a type of misalignment of the teeth whereby the lower teeth or jaw extends the upper teeth or jaw and ends up covering the upper teeth when the mouth is closed. This is quite a common issue, as about 10% of people worldwide are known to be affected.  

Even though underbite is a common issue, it can cause various issues ranging from self-esteem and sleep quality. Since most experts have considered it a severe problem, it is vital to seek veneers treatment as soon as possible.

The effects of an underbite include the following: 

  • Speech difficulty
  • Pain in the jaw and mouth
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Ear discomfort

Underbite causes are different, ranging from genetics or sucking of the thumb to an improperly healed jawbone.

How can veneers help?

If the underbite is a mild one, veneers can be used to correct the problem. When veneers are used, they will help by sitting in place to create the impression that there is no underbite. In this instance, the veneers are placed on the upper teeth instead of the bottom, where the problem is. 

Possible problems

Although veneers can actually work on a mild case of an underbite, they are not usually the best options for all underbite situations. For example, if the lower jaw is too forward, the veneers cannot be very helpful as they will not change things enough.

Additionally, there is the problem of placement. Depending on the severity of the underbite, it can be so severe that the lower teeth can come up to hit the front sides or even the bottom of the upper teeth. In cases like this, it could be a problem for veneers as they are vulnerable to impacts from that direction. If the veneers are struck repeatedly, they could pop straight off. On that note, these various issues can impact your dentist’s recommendation of veneers to correct an underbite.

Alternative treatments

On the good side, veneers are not the only treatment options for underbite. There are other treatment options that you can discuss with your dentist. It is important to get orthodontic screening at a young age because some of these techniques or treatment options are only effective for children. Nonetheless, the other alternatives to veneers include;

Chin caps

Chin caps are caps around the chin and the lower jaw to prevent them from growing further or protruding. This treatment option is very effective for children and young teens. It means that it can prevent an underbite from developing in the first place.

Upper jaw extender

This is sometimes known as a palatal expander, and it slowly widens the upper part of the mouth every night. It helps to adjust the size of the dental arch and get it to fit over the teeth. Sadly, however, there are limits to how far the jaw can be expanded. This means that the upper jaw extender is suitable for mild to moderate cases of an underbite.

Braces

Braces are also effective treatment options for underbite; however, they are only useful in some cases and not all underbite cases. They help move the teeth into the proper position – this mainly occurs when the teeth are misaligned or pointed in the wrong direction, instead of pushing the jaw too far in one direction.

Tooth removal 

An underbite may result from a person having too many teeth in the lower jaw in some cases. Tooth removal can be an effective option; it involves removing a tooth so that the remaining teeth can have enough room to move around. For some people, tooth removal can be followed with braces so that all the teeth end up in the correct position.

Surgery

This is the most effective treatment option as well as the most expensive. It means that surgery is effective in cases where other measures are not good enough. The procedure of the surgery depends on the patient’s situation. However, standard techniques include shortening the lower jaw or lengthening the upper jaw to get them both at the right size. The surgeon can use tools like plates, screws and wires to get the jawbone look right.

If an underbite surgery is deemed medically necessary, it can be covered by most insurance plans. Otherwise, you may have to pay for it yourself, especially if you are doing the surgery for cosmetic purposes. However, due to the health impacts that underbites have, it may be easier to rate it as medically necessary. The recovery time after surgery is between one to three weeks, after which you will have to use braces or other equipment to keep the teeth intact. 

If you want to get durable dental veneers treatment, visit Dental Clinic London to book an appointment with our experienced dentist.

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