Class III - Malocclusions are measured between the eye teeth (canines) and the bicuspid (premolar). Teeth in proper occlusion allow for complete biting and grinding of food and prevent other problems, like traumatic tooth damage from years of improper wear. A malocclusion where the lower teeth stick out past the upper teeth called an "underbite". Any time your teeth are displaced by more than 3mm it is considered a malocclusion.
It is beneficial to have an underbite corrected when you are a teen. Correcting malocclusions in a person's teen years can prevent the need for extensive crowns and bridges in their 40s and 50s. Having an underbite can cause problems when eating, difficulty chewing and have been known to cause joint problems. This is not always the case, but each person is unique, so please call our dentist office to discuss your specific malocclusion situation.