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.

ABCs of Overbites and Underbites

An underbite is when the bottom teeth stick out more than the top teeth. An overbite is when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth a lot, but it's not a big problem. These dental problems can have various causes, but if it's genetic, it's important to seek early treatment.

It's not as detrimental for their dental health if a toddler or young child receives bite treatment. Braces or retainers can fix the problem. Surgery fixes alignment when necessary.

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 often need braces or retainers for bite treatment, but surgery may be necessary at times.

Dr. Frugé suggests that Baton Rouge patients with underbite or overbite get a thorough exam to find the best treatment. Contact Frugé's team now for help with overbite or underbite. Schedule a consultation to learn about treatment options.