All You Need To Know About Underbite Teeth

For many adults, underbite teeth are a cause of insecurity and even physical pain. Here’s what you need to know about underbites and how to treat them.

What is an Underbite?

In a correctly aligned bite, the upper front teeth sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is a type of malocclusion where the lower teeth jut out in front of the upper teeth when you bite down. 

Underbites can affect people in different ways. For some people, it manifests only as a slight protrusion of the lower jaw. For others, an underbite can come with persistent pain and a whole host of other issues.

What Causes Underbite?

Most people with an underbite are born with it. A skeletal underbite is usually caused by the malformation of the jawbone that develops naturally from birth.

Underbites can also develop in response to external factors. These types of cases are called dental underbites. Dental underbites are commonly caused by crossbites, or a misaligned bite where some of the bottom teeth rest outside the upper teeth.

In adulthood, underbites can be caused by the improper healing of facial injuries or the growth of jawbone tumors. They may also develop as a result of of early childhood behaviors like:

  • Tongue thrusting
  • Habitual thumb sucking
  • Prolonged pacifier use
  • Long-term bottle drinking

What Oral Problems are Caused by Underbite?

If left untreated, the effects of your underbite may worsen over time. You may start experiencing additional symptoms, including excruciating pain, oral health problems, and other dental conditions. These include: 

  • Tooth Decay – An underbite can cause extra stress on your teeth and damage the enamel, which can expose the inner tooth layer. This makes it easier for bacteria to get inside your tooth and cause cavities.
  • Halitosis and Gingivitis – Damaged enamel due to an underbite can also leave you vulnerable to oral bacterial infections. This can result in chronic bad breath and the swelling or bleeding of the gums.
  • Sleep Issues – People with underbite teeth are more likely to suffer from sleep issues like mouth breathing and increased snoring. In some cases, they may even develop sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition where your breathing repeatedly pauses as you sleep. 
  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) – An untreated underbite can also result in issues with your temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that connects your skull to your jaw. When you have TMD, it may feel like your jaw is cemented in place, and it can be extremely painful to move. This can lead to symptoms like:
    • Lisps and slurred speech
    • Difficulty chewing and swallowing food
    • Structural changes to the mouth
    • Crooked teeth

In some cases, TMD becomes so severe that it must be treated with surgery.

If you observe any sign of an underbite, contact your dentist. Treating your underbite early may save you from having to pursue more invasive treatment options down the line.

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How Invisible Braces Fix Underbite

There are several ways to treat an underbite in adulthood, including jaw surgery, traditional metal braces, or invisible braces. But for professionals on-the-go, invisible braces are the perfect option.

ALINA invisible braces, sometimes referred to as clear aligners, are the most innovative method of teeth alignment available on the market. Experts design your best smile using 3D modeling and print a set of plastic trays to guide your teeth into the right positions over time. Trays are swapped out every one or two weeks, each a little bit different from the last. 

Just like traditional metal braces, invisible braces use constant pressure to reorient your teeth. But there are a few reasons why people prefer using clear invisible braces to correct their smile.

  • Superior Comfort – When you use invisible braces, you don’t have to deal with wires and brackets constantly poking at your cheeks, which can result in cuts along the walls of the mouth. And here’s another perk that former braces-wearers can appreciate: you can enjoy your favorite foods without having to worry about any brackets falling off!
  • Ease of Oral Hygiene – Because invisible braces are easily removable, you will be able to take them out to eat and drink, or when you brush and floss your teeth. This allows you to clean your teeth and trays more thoroughly.
  • Better Aesthetics – Because trays are nearly invisible when worn, you can keep them on all day without feeling self-conscious of your smile. If a situation arises where you’d feel more comfortable showing off an unobstructed smile, you can have your trays out for a short time. However, you should always put them back in as soon as possible.

By themselves, invisible braces work best on mild cases of underbite caused by tooth crowding. They can also be used to facilitate the alignment of teeth after jaw surgery.

The price of invisible braces vary based on several factors including the severity of your underbite and the length of your treatment. Considering the inconvenience, stress, and pain they can save you during treatment, the investment is well worth it.

How Long Does it Take to Fix Underbite with Invisible Braces?

The time it takes to straighten teeth using invisible braces varies from person to person, but treatment typically lasts between 10 to 24 months. Because the trays apply pressure on all sides of the teeth, they can orient them to the proper position even faster than traditional braces can.

In many cases involving adults who have previously had braces, suitable alignment can be achieved in as little as 10 weeks if they are able to keep their trays for most hours of the day. In the case of ALINA invisible braces, it is best to wear them for at least 22 hours per day to keep treatment going at the right pace. 

Discover your most beautiful smile with ALINA

Dental treatment is a big investment, and whether you’ve just spotted your underbite or have been waiting for years to fix it, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best provider available. With ALINA, you can smile confidently through your treatment and enjoy:

Better materials – ALINA crafts every tray of invisible braces with space-age materials approved by the US FDA, so you know that they’re safe and reliable.

Better technology – Our AlinaSmile technology uses Ai to determine your most beautiful smile based on the position, not just of your teeth, but of all your facial features.

Better results – With more than 25 years of expertise in revealing beautiful smiles, ALINA has uncovered thousands of smiles throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.

Discover how ALINA heps you uncover your smile by visiting our how ALINA works pages.


Treating your underbite can do wonders for your health, appearance, and confidence. To get started on the journey to your most beautiful smile, Book a Consult today.


IT Professional Adam Kalaw Tells Us About His Journey To A Beautiful Smile

As a Canadian who moved to BGC 6 months ago, fixing my teeth wasn’t really something that crossed my mind, until I found and tried Alina invisible braces. To give you some background, I had big ol’ metal braces for 4 years all throughout high school. My teeth were actually so crooked that, looking back at it, I’m convinced I scared off several potential girlfriends with my chainsaw-smile. But that being said, I can honestly say that I do not miss metal braces at all. I actually didn’t like the look, or feeling, of having metal bits stuck to my teeth, I didn’t like the painful and tight feeling of having my braces adjusted, and even after 4 painful years, I absolutely hated the fact that I had to wear  those metal retainers, the ones that prevent you from speaking properly. 

So I just stopped wearing my retainers… 

Fast forward to about 6 months ago, I moved to Manila to work for a software company. I suppose years without wearing a retainer finally caught up with me. After one particular day, a coworker pointed out that my front teeth were, “cute, since they looked like bunny teeth.” 

Not once, in my entire life, have I wished for cute bunny teeth. In fact I suffered for 4 years to try and get rid of bunny teeth.  

The intention of my coworker was not to offend, but the damage had been done. From that day onward, I became self-conscious about my smile, since I knew they were only going to get more and more crooked. 

I went to a couple orthodontists here in the Philippines and they all recommended metal braces. 

There was no way I was going to do that to myself again. 

So it felt like I had to choose between having a crooked smile for life or going through metal braces a second time. 

That’s when I found Alina. Well, actually my dad saw one of their posts, and sent it to me. 

What got me at first was the fact that Alina was removable, plain and simple. But if I was going to pay a lot of money for another orthodontic treatment, I wanted to do my research first. I called the number on the website, and I was able to talk to a patient coordinator from Alina. I was actually surprised to hear them explain how much technology goes into something that looks so simple, I mean the thing fits in a pocket, and is practically invisible.  

A few days later, I was sold. I got back to the coordinator and asked when I could get started, preferably as soon as possible, so my teeth wouldn’t move any further. Thankfully, she scheduled me for the next day. 

I showed up to the clinic expecting at least a 1-2 hour appointment, with those gross clay impressions that you have to bite into, but the dentist used an electronic 3-D scanner. They checked my teeth, took a 3-D scan, and in 20 minutes I was done.  

I felt so relieved about how understanding the dentists were. Normally I’d get a lecture for not wearing my retainers, but the Alina dentists admitted that they understand why people like me stop, because quite frankly, anything metal is uncomfortable, but it’s also a thing of the past. 

I got a call two days later letting me know that I was classified as a mild case – the one good thing braces did for me – and that I’d have my smile perfected in 5 months or less.  

I was ecstatic.

Alina sent me the link to pay, I paid for my treatment, and then all I had to do was go back to the clinic for my first set. 

After trying Alina, my only regret is that I didn’t know about it while I was in Canada. Not only is it so much easier on my lifestyle, being removable and invisible, but my teeth are right where they should be now.  

On top of that, Alina gave me an invisible retainer at the end of my 5 months that I only had to wear at night. It really made me feel like the entire treatment was more than worth it. 

These days, when I meet new people, or catch up with old friends, the first thing they say to me is that I have a nice smile which warms my heart, knowing my past struggle and insecurities about my crooked teeth. And that’s why I mention Alina to everyone who asks me about my teeth. I’m that big of a believer in Alina now.