mouith and teeth showing an underbite Class III Malocclusion

Class III Malocclusion

For many of us, “malocclusion” is just one of the medical terms we hear from our dentists and orthodontists. But few of us know exactly what it means. Malocclusions refer to imperfect positioning of the teeth and come in three classes. Today we’re taking a look at Class III Malocclusion commonly known as an underbite.

Class III Malocclusion is a dental condition where the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth when the jaws are closed. This misalignment can lead to various issues including difficulty chewing, speech problems and jaw pain. Treatment typically involves addressing the underlying skeletal discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws. In cases of Class III Malocclusion, this often requires mandibular anterior retraction to bring the lower jaw back, along with adjustments to correct incisor retroclination or proclination. Additionally, midline correction may be necessary to achieve optimal alignment and function.

Correction with clear braces

When it comes to treatment options for Class III Malocclusion, clear Aligners offer a discreet and effective solution., Invisalign aligners, are custom-made plastic trays designed to gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment. Unlike traditional metal braces, or clear braces, they are practically invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. This makes them a convenient choice for many patients. However, just because they are more comfortable and discreet than traditional braces, doesn’t mean they’re any less effective. Orthodontists carefully plan the treatment process, mapping out the desired results and monitoring progress throughout the treatment period. With clear braces, patients can achieve significant improvements in their bite alignment and overall dental health.

The best treatment for you

Though underbites may not sound serious, they are still a dental condition that requires specialized treatment to correct. For Class III Malocclusion treatment to be effective it’s essential to consult with an experienced orthodontist who can assess your specific needs and recommend the best approach. Treatment plans may vary depending on the severity of the malocclusion, patient age and individual preferences. However, by working closely with your orthodontist, you can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique concerns and achieve optimal results.

Dr. Mario Paz is an orthodontist in Los Angeles who specializes in diagnosis and correction of various types of malocclusion, including Class I, Class II and Class III. At Dr. Mario Paz Orthodontics, we focus on aligning teeth and jaws for improved function and aesthetics, potentially starting with early intervention in younger patients to guide jaw growth and prevent severe issues. Our welcoming office uses the latest orthodontic technology to ensure a smooth and efficient treatment experience.

Don’t let an underbite hold you back – take the first step towards a confident, healthy smile today.

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