Can Braces Fix An Underbite? What Are Bite Turbos For Braces?

June 24, 2021

Braces are tightened which straighten your teeth and align your jaw periodically. Because as the braces are tightened multiple times over the length of your treatment, your jaw is gradually aligned with your teeth so this can help fix an underbite. An orthodontist will suggest a patient wears rubber bands with their braces sometimes. Therefore aligning and straightening your jaw this orthodontic appliance also helps to straighten and align your teeth.

What is an underbite?

When you close your mouth the incorrect positioning of your teeth that occurs when lower teeth stick out in front of your upper teeth is an underbite. The lower jaw is positioned and displaced too far forward. You will find it difficult to chew and bite properly if you have an underbite. It will make your teeth wear out quickly and also impair your speech.

How long does it take to put on braces?

For braces, the average amount of time is between 1 and 3 years. For a shorter or longer amount of time depending on your circumstances, you may need them. How long you need to wear braces, here are some factors:

  1. The crooked condition of your teeth
  2. Your bite
  3. Types of braces
  4. Additional orthodontic tools
  5. Diet
  6. Your input
  7. Lifestyle factors

What are bite turbos for braces?

Around your back teeth with an attached wire that runs through brackets on each tooth orthodontic braces usually consist of metal bands. To pull your teeth into a healthier alignment these brackets all work together.

To achieve good results additional devices are needed in some cases. Bite turbos which are sometimes called ramps or turbos are one condition that can help with your treatment. When you’re biting, to avoid breakage of brackets bite turbos are used to prevent your upper teeth and lower teeth from touching.

When you bite down, a tiny device that an orthodontist attaches to your front or back teeth to keep your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other is known as Bite turbos. They may be blue, pink, red, silver, or tooth-colored, and they are usually made of acrylic, metal, and glass Ionomer cement.

Bite turbos may even be spring-loaded in some cases. Triangular or L-shaped bite turbos are placed on the tongue side of your front teeth sometimes and sometimes flat or mounded blocks are attached to the top surface of your back molars.

Why do people need bite turbos for braces?

If your orthodontist has given you bite turbos the reason is, the way your teeth come into contact with each other could slow down the straightening of your teeth or damage them.

Bite turbos for braces also keep you from biting down on your brackets and popping them off or worse, breaking your tooth in cases where people have an overbite, crowding, crossbite, or a deep bite.

Some orthodontists may use bite turbos by themselves, although bite turbos are usually used along with conventional orthodontic braces. Bite turbos can help correct a crossbite in younger patients.


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