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Is it possible to correct bite problems without addressing jaw issues?

Dental Cosmetic Dentistry

My jaw is slanted, but I only wanted to fix my underbite and open bite on one side of my lower teeth. Is it possible for orthodontic treatment to correct these issues, without the need to first address and fix my slanted jaw? 

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Yes it is definitely possible to address your dental needs! 

Orthodontic treatment whether via metal / ceramic braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign can help to straighten out your teeth, correct open and under bites. 

Braces and invisalign address the dental needs, however this does not change the shape of the jaw though in some cases people find a slight alteration in their face shape based on the idea that your teeth are the supporting structure for the outer surface ie your face and lips. However skeletal / jaw bone structure remains unchanged. 

Do note that though open and under bites can be corrected without surgery in some cases, there are structural limitations depending on how slanted the jaw is to one side. 

Hope this helps! 

Warm regards, 

Dr Beth 


Dr Beth Seow
BDS (Hons)

Wong Ong & Partners Dental Surgeons
39 ROBINSON ROAD
ROBINSON POINT
#17 - 02 Singapore 068911

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