As part of your daily routine, you look in the mirror and inspect your teeth and gums. From the front view, your teeth may appear straight and properly aligned.
Bite down normally and inspect your back teeth. How do the upper and the bottom teeth meet each other? If they have an alignment issue, then you most likely have a malocclusion. You should see a dentist such as those from Smile Spa as soon as possible, as this misalignment can cause you a lot of trouble in the long run.
What it means to have a proper bite
Ideally, your bite should have an overjet. An overjet refers to how the upper teeth slightly come over the bottom teeth. Your overjet should measure around two to three millimetres. Technically, this is an overbite, but it falls under what oral health care providers consider as an ideal bite. Anything more than this is already a cause for concern. Even more so when there is no overjet (crossbite) or when the lower teeth come in front of the upper teeth (underbite).
When an underbite prevents you from having an ideal bite
Leaving an underbite untreated can lead to much more significant damage. It could lead to enamel erosion and speech problems.
The good news is, you have several methods to choose from when it comes to correcting an underbite. However, it all depends on your age and the severity of the underbite. For children, traditional or clear invisible braces can help rectify the problem.
The other types of malocclusion dental braces can help
Dental braces can also correct other forms of malocclusion aside from those previously mentioned, such as a deep bite (when your upper incisors cover a great portion of their lower counterpart) or an open bite (when your upper teeth do not cover enough of those on the bottom).
The only way you could find out if you have a problem is when you visit your dentist and have a consultation. Ask them about the best treatment that suits your condition.