In certain cases, a child’s upper jaw may be significantly larger than the lower. This creates a malocclusion known as an overbite. While the top teeth are supposed to overlap the bottom by a little, this abnormality causes a more distinct protrusion.
At Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we treat this type of malocclusion in two phases. For early orthodontic treatment, our doctors might employ a special appliance that helps guide the jaw growth as your child’s adult teeth come in. The second phase may require braces in order to guide these new teeth into their proper places.
This is the exact opposite of an overbite – the lower jaw is larger than the upper. It is usually much easier to treat an underbite at an earlier stage, rather than waiting until your child has reached their adolescent years when the jaw is more matured. We treat this type of malocclusion all the time.