A malocclusion occurs when upper and lower jaws are misaligned due to being different sizes. If the lower jaw is larger, it protrudes, presenting a flat-looking profile. Individuals with underbites typically have difficulty speaking distinctly because their lower teeth are in front of their upper teeth. If you suffer from a misaligned jaw, talking, eating, and breathing can be challenging.
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Personal appearance significantly influences self-confidence. When you’re uncomfortable with your side profile, you may end up smiling less and avoiding pictures where you’re not looking straight at the camera. Wanting to feel good about your appearance is a justifiable reason to consider this procedure. In addition to affecting self-esteem, a misaligned jaw can also cause frequent headaches, difficulty chewing and biting, as well as chronic pain. Orthodontics alone may not be enough to manage this condition. Corrective jaw surgery realigns your jaw, improving your appearance and increasing your ability to breathe, eat, and speak regularly.
Advantages of Jaw Surgery
Underbite corrective jaw surgery can be life-changing as it was for Chandler in the video. By realigning your bite, your appearance improves, confidence soars, and overall health is enhanced. Our surgeons will reposition your jawbones, including adding, taking away, or reshaping bone. Surgical screws, plates, rubber bands, and wires may be required to keep your jaws in their new positions. Incisions made inside your mouth reduce the potential for visible scarring, although the surgeon may make small incisions outside of your mouth in some cases. After corrective jaw surgery, most patients see the following benefits:
1. Eliminates lisps. Underbites create lisps because of the way the tongue rests in the mouth.
2. Solves chewing problems. When your teeth don’t line up properly, you can only chew with your back molars, which causes eating to be a lot more work.
3. Decreases mouth breathing. When you have an underbite, your jaw always hangs open, causing you to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. After surgery, you’ll be able to breathe through your nose and discover scents you’ve been missing.
4. Reduces spitting. An underbite makes your lower jaw heavier, which is why it tends to hang open. Saliva collects in your mouth, so when you speak, your words come out with flying spittle. With a closed mouth, the saliva doesn’t pool, and you won’t spit when you speak.