Overbite vs. Underbite: What are the Risks?

underbite vs. overbite

Even when your teeth are straight you may still have a misalignment condition. It's important to correct these conditions as they can lead to headaches, bite problems, and create uneven teeth. Two of the most common misalignment conditions are over and underbites. Many people are familiar with the terms but aren't exactly sure what they mean. Let's take a closer look.

ABCs of Overbites and Underbites

An underbite is when the lower teeth jut out further than the upper teeth. Conversely, an overbite is when the upper teeth extend far out over the lower teeth and is typically considered a less serious problem. Both of these conditions are caused by a number of different factors. When the cause is genetic, it is best to seek treatment as early as possible. When dealt with when the patient is a toddler or child, the treatment, as well as the impact on one's overall oral health, is much less severe. In most cases, devices such as braces or retainers are able to correct the problem. There can, however, be instances where surgery is required to achieve proper alignment.

Risks of leaving these conditions untreated

While underbites can cause more serious repercussions, it is always preferable to seek treatment for either condition. If left untreated, a misaligned bite can lead to chronic headaches, difficulty eating and chewing, and degradation of the jawbones. Patients can expect to have their treatment limited to braces or retainers, but surgery may be required at times.

Dr. Frugé highly recommends that any Baton Rouge area patients who suffer from an underbite or an overbite undergo a comprehensive exam to determine the best course of treatment.

If you have a misaligned bite that you would like to correct call the team at Frugé today and schedule your consultation to learn more about treatment options.