A reverse bite, or protruding lower teeth, is the term used to describe lower front teeth that sit in front of upper front teeth. It is often called an underbite. Severity can vary between a mild underbite, where the front teeth almost meet; to a situation where the teeth don't meet at all because the gap is so wide.
Diagnosis and treatment at an early age are important if one wants to minimize or eliminate the future need for jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery).
Once a patient has stopped growing, there are less treatment options and often the only way to correct a skeletal problem of the mouth is with jaw surgery. If you have this situation, treatment is provided by a combination of Maxillofacial Surgeons and Dr. Shpuntoff. While there are times that the orthodontist can provide treatment that can compensate for the problems without surgery, true correction will still need the combined team effort.
If your child is still growing and has a reverse bite, you are encouraged to have a free consultation with us. You can Request an Appointment or call the office at (718) 229-4155.