Methods of Jaw Repositioning
For mild underbites, braces and Invisalign clear aligners can also be used for correction. For underbites or overbites of a slightly more severe nature, other appliances are used. These appliances are attached to your teeth in some way and slowly work to reposition your jaw. While this could still work in adults, it’s usually only viable in very mild cases.
In children, the good news is that surgery is usually a pretty rare need. Since a child’s jaw bones are still growing, they can be moved with orthodontic appliances. Palatal expanders are one of the most common methods for correcting jaw alignment. Metal bands are temporarily fitted around certain teeth and metal bands are attached to the fittings. This appliance slowly moves the jaw into a proper position.
Jaw surgery, usually referred to as orthognathic surgery, is reserved for very severe cases of jaw misalignments. It is primarily used in adults since the jaw bones are no longer growing.