According to Dr. Ivan Ho, overbites and underbites are two of the most common orthodontic problems that he sees at Pro Smiles OC. After spending years perfecting his innovative procedures, Dr. Ho has now developed a quick, safe and effective alternative to the standard bite correction options. He offers top-notch overbite and underbite correction without surgery.
Bite correction can be a time consuming and sometimes painful process. Because of this, many adults continue to live with their alignment problems, not having the time or patience for a two-year correction program with traditional braces or Invisalign® aligners. Others think that there is a time limit on correcting misalignment of the bite, mistakenly thinking that correction can only be successful during the earlier years of life.
Realizing that most adult patients would not agree to an uncomfortable and time-consuming treatment with braces, Dr. Ho has developed a less invasive and rapid solution that can take years off the process without the need for surgery or wearing orthodontic appliances. Thanks to this minimally invasive and painless method, adult patients can get rid of bite problems in a matter of weeks!
Bite correction is not only crucial for improving facial aesthetics, but it is also essential to ensure your long-term physical well-being and dental health. The overbite and underbite correction procedure essentially aligns the upper and lower jaws to create an even bite that does not excessively stress the jaw joints and the teeth.Our patients who have undergone overbite correction and underbite correction happily report that problems such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), jaw dislocation, pain and the resulting headaches have resolved.Additionally, patients with misaligned or crowded teeth tend to have a higher incidence of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Orthodontic bite correction has the dual benefit of enhancing the smile and protecting your teeth from permanent damage.
Traditional treatment of an overbite or underbite correction with braces usually takes between two and three years. For more complex cases involving severe misalignment of the jaws, orthognathic surgery may also be required. Some patients may also require traditional veneers and crowns to get a correct bite and optimal facial aesthetics.
Initially, we will give braces to patients for about 12 to 18 months to non-surgically correct the bite as much as possible before performing orthognathic surgery to optimally realign the upper and lower jaws. Depending on the case, the procedure would be performed to either bring the upper jaw forward, move the lower jaw backward and sometimes combine both. The process involves disconnecting the upper jaw from the skull or sectioning the lower jawbone and realigning them with metal plates and/or screws to keep the jaw in the new position and angulation.
Although there is nothing wrong with going about fixing an incorrect bite this way, it is time-consuming, painful, and like any surgery, carries the possibility of complications such as nausea, post-operative infection, and temporary or permanent numbness of the face due to nerve injury.
One might consider getting Invisalign clear aligners instead of braces. However, Invisalign alone will not fix an overbite or underbite. Besides, this treatment option is mainly successful for the treatment of mild orthodontic cases as it cannot be combined with orthognathic surgery.You should also keep in mind that orthodontic treatment only corrects bite problems. If you have discolored or misshapen teeth, straightening them and/or adjusting the bite will not necessarily fix the cosmetic issues. There would still be some need for recontouring, reshaping, whitening, or even placing veneers and crowns to get your dream smile.
As an alternative to the traditional orthodontic treatment, you may consider anti-aging dentistry’s reconstructive procedures that we offer here. In this revolutionary, non-invasive treatment option, we will use premium, handcrafted porcelain veneers and crowns to give you a naturally beautiful smile and reconstruct your bite to a much more comfortable and functionally efficient position.
We have worked on countless cases to fix incorrect bite problems without surgery. This revolutionary new way of correcting overbites and underbites has saved our patients years of sometimes painful orthodontic work to give them a smile they always dreamed of having without putting a lot of metal in their mouths.
Do you wish to get a beautiful smile with our innovative anti-aging dentistry solution for overbite or underbite correction? The process of determining your candidacy is straightforward and easy!
First, we will make molds and X-ray images of your teeth and carefully examine your case. Afterward, we will ask our master technicians to create a temporary wax mock-up of your teeth. The mock-up will also contain the veneers and crowns that will fix your bite problem. If we are satisfied that veneers and crowns will fix your bite problem, we will move forward with the process. Before you initiate your treatment, we will show you a digital design of how your teeth and smile will look like after completion. So, no surprises in the end.
If you would like to learn more about overbite and underbite correction in Laguna Hills, California, please call our office today at 949-880-6638 and schedule an appointment with our dentist.