Malocclusion is the technical term for issues related to an under or overbite. In most cases, the issue is a hereditary trait. If left untreated, it can lead to a series of different problems, including an impaired ability to chew food and talk and it can also increase your risk for tooth chips and fractures.
There are different grades of under and overbites. A Class II retrognathic overbite is considered to be severe. A Class III prognathic underbite often results in lower teeth that protrude beyond the span of the upper teeth.
Fortunately, our Lifetime Dental Care team can use braces to gradually adjust your under or overbite to correct the problem. In severe cases, this might also include the use of additional hardware or the temporary use of headgear.
Of course, cementing the brackets onto your teeth and installing the rest of the hardware is only the first step in the process. The braces gradually adjust the position of your teeth through the course of periodic adjustments.
You will need to see your orthodontist, Dr. Anthony Butchert, every four to six weeks to have your braces tightened and adjusted. This applies progressive tension to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. Timely attendance of your adjustment sessions will keep your treatment time to the bare minimum.
If you have an under or overbite that you would like improved, you should call Lifetime Dental Care at 715-552-1000 to see if you’re a good candidate for braces in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.