Braces Journey for a Class III Underbite Malocclusion

Finally, I am now a complete braces wearer, after about 5-6 months.

Erected them on my lower set of teeth (which are already straight originally) and hooked 2 elastic bands on the side to control and correct the jaw movements.

The bands are quite difficult to wear and I am so afraid of them snapping on my fingers, face and inside my mouth. My friends have warned me that they might snap when you yawn or open your mouth too wide for whatever reason.

My orthodontist is trying very hard to convince me that jumping the bite (i.e. correcting an underbite) can be done with just braces, not needing any surgery.

He has shown me some pictures of other patients who managed to jump the bite and they seem really good. One thing I was more concerned is the age of the patient. As underbite involves skeletal structure of the jaw, the older you are might prove difficulty or at least takes a longer process for the shifting to occur.

But I am quite satisfied because after putting on the braces on the bottom row, I quite strained my upper teeth a little forward to overlap a teeny bit of the lower teeth.

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Not sure if you are able to see it though. Cant strain too much because it hurts as the bottom teeth is still trying to adapt to the braces.

The overall picture and comparison thus far :

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I think these 2 pictures above is clearer in showing the front teeth overlapping the bottom 2.

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Sorry that I cannot open my mouth too big due to the elastic bands at the side.

BRACES JAN TO JUNE

By comparing the results monthly, you can see that my upper row has straightened out and the gaps are slowly closing up. On top of that, you can also see that I am slowly approaching to jumping the bite as well by looking at the 2 front teeth.

I am thus one step closer to achieving that perfect smile! 😀

If interested, my orthodontist is Dr Lim from Bedok Q&M Dental. He runs around to other clinics too such as Bugis, Orchard and Bukit Batok. His schedule is quite packed though. I find him still acceptable and friendly, although careless at times, but hey everyone makes mistakes right! 😉

*Pls note that this is not a paid advert or sponsorship. Undertook this on my own and is paid for by myself.

 

 

9 comments

    • jeangan says:

      hi there!

      it costs $4.2k excluding gst. was quoted $300 for the retainers (150 per row) which are to be worn after removing the braces.

  1. Adel says:

    Hello, may I know the full name of your orthodontist? I am facing the same problem of an underbite as you and I would like to approach the same doctor for this treatment. Thank you!

  2. joey says:

    Hi there:) thanks for ur blog about correcting underbite with braces! Im facing the same problem with you too. Im now hesitating whether to go for surgery but im too scared of the surgery..so i wish to ask u, did ur dentist strongly recommended u to go for surgery ? As in my case, dentist said braces alone cannot make my teeth jump over the bite and it might relapse next time..hope u help me, thanks!

    • Jean Gan says:

      Hi Joey! Thanks for reading and writing in 🙂
      My dentist merely told me that if I were to undergo a jaw surgery the results of correcting the underbite is 100% success (taking into account nothing goes wrong as all surgeries have their risks). But he analysed my bite first before I decided to take the gamble. The furthest I could go was both sets of teeth could meet each other, just nice. Based on this, he told me that there is quite a good chance to correct my underbite.

      I had a friend who is 5 years younger than me and told me his underbite came back. I asked my dentist on this and he said perhaps because he was too young when he did his braces and because his bones are still developing…which I think may be the case.

      If you were to undergo the surgery, do take note that it will be done by a qualified surgeon, as in hospitals, clinics and all. I say this because I’m actually a little surprised that many thought that the dentist will be conducting the surgery…lol. 😀

      Good luck! 🙂

  3. li says:

    hi i was just wondering whether you needed to have any teeth removed before having braces to correct the underbite? my ortho is recommending having 4 of my teeth removed before braces and i’m a bit concerned. thanks 🙂

    • Jean Gan says:

      hi there, i did not remove any tooth for braces purposes. however, before braces, i did remove 4 of my wisdom teeth due to decay problems. but that was before i decided to put on braces. ur orthodontist would be the best person to seek advice from 🙂

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