We are often asked if an underbite can be fixed with Invisalign® or Braces. Sometimes it can, but jaw surgery is usually a part of the treatment. Underbites (aka prognathism) is a Class 3 malocclusion and usually caused by a jaw size difference between the upper and lower jaw. The lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw causing protrusion of the chin and cross bites.
However, many of these patients actually have a fairly normal jaw size and the protrusion of the lower jaw was caused by their bite more than the size of the jaw. With the new age of high tech dentistry, the jaw position is corrected painlessly without force or surgery, which gives the patient an improved profile appearance. This may be hard to believe but no surgery, Invisalign® or braces are utilized.
One of the problems with traditional treatment with braces is that the shapes of the teeth cannot be improved. The surgeon can cut your jaw and change it’s size and Invisalign® or braces can move your teeth but they cannot improve the shapes, the length or the color of your teeth as VENLAY® Restorations do. Patients can now have the smile and facial support that they always wanted.
One big advantage of VENLAY® Restorations over Invisalign® and braces is that treatment only takes 2 to 3 weeks to correct an adult underbite. Another huge advantage of VENLAY® Restorations is that there is very little risk to the treatment. Using JawTrac® the jaw position can be tested so the patient can see the new shape to their faces and see their new facial profile before treatment is started. This is a huge advantage of VENLAY® Restorations over other methods and none of your teeth are ground down.
This patient wanted to help future patients understand the power of this method using his own words. He had very high expectations after watching some of the other video testimonials on this website.
The Face Lift Dentistry® Method was used to correct his facial profile, improve his self-esteem, and help him build a new life with clear speech, improved facial profile and a wide smile. VENLAY® Restorations improve your profile and improve the shapes of your teeth and support the face with a smile far wider smile than porcelain veneers could ever achieve. Porcelain veneers cannot give the patient the optimized jaw position and cannot correct the bite.
Braces and Invisalign® are designed to straighten teeth and in many instances they can straighten crooked teeth very well. But, there is a big difference between straightening teeth and correcting underbites. This patient has straight teeth but simply straightening teeth is not enough to correct an underbite. To correct an underbite, the jaw position must be optimized to the patients TMJ and coordinated with his bite.
The answer is yes. Invisalign® and Braces can move the jaw but seldom enough to correct underbites, overbites or misalign jaws. This is the reason why so many patients that have already received treatment with braces and/or Invisalign® and are unhappy. The jaw movement was not enough to accomplish results like you see in this website. The reason that the Face lift Dentistry® Method was developed was to accomplish what braces, jaw surgery and Invisalign® (which are all valid and successful methods) could not.
It is clear in the above photo that this patient's smile is OK but his chin is too protrusive, which is why he could not speak clearly. When the lower jaw is protrusive, the patient has to use his or her tongue in order to speak. When the tongue is used to speak, the words become less clear. When the bad bite is corrected, patients of all ages speak more clearly because the gap between the upper and lower jaw is closed.
Porcelain veneers are nothing more that cosmetic camouflage because they cannot improve the patient’s profile, cannot improve the bite or move the jaw enough to accomplish improved TMJ health. When the patient gets veneers, the profile is rarely improved because the jaw position stays the same, the profile stays the same and the TMJ problems remain. When a patient asks: “can porcelain veneers fix my under bite”, the answer is no, veneers cannot correct underbites, overbites or bad bites.
We need to see you in person or we need to see photos, video and dental x-rays of you if you are planning to come to see us. We will let you know if you are a candidate for this method. (Just about everyone can be helped with this method).
The best way to move forward is to come in for a consultation. Call the office and speak to one of Dr. Muslin’s receptionists. If you live in another state or country, send us the photos, video and dental x-rays. Just go to your own dentist’s office, ask them to put the x-rays up on the screen and take photos of them with your cell phone. It works very well.