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Anyone gotten their underbite fixed as an adult?

I have had an underbite my whole life and I hate it! When I was 12 or so, I talked to an orthodontist and they said I would probably need braces, as well as surgery to fix it but they didnt want to do anything until I was 16 to make sure my jaw was done growing. Of course, by 16 I didnt want braces! Now I really wish I had gotten it fixed. I could probably afford braces but I dont know if my insurance would cover surgery if I needed that and I'm sure I can't afford to pay out of pocket for surgery! Does anyone know if insurance would cover surgery or if I would even need it to fix the underbite? Thank you!

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Asked by TanyaR1024 at 1:57 PM on Dec. 17, 2010 in Health

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  • You might be able to get insurance to help cover it IF you are having digestion issues.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:01 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • R u sure it is not an overbite?

    Answer by dancer at 2:07 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • No digestion issues, though my jaw clicks which is a little painful at times, so I wonder if that would be considered a medical issue.

    No, my bottom teeth are in front of my top teeth.

    Comment by TanyaR1024 (original poster) at 2:27 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Definitely go find out if the clicking is a problem, call your insurance or have the dentist call your insurance, find out what it would take. I don't have an underbite and haven't had my overbite fixed, and don't really know anyone who has had an underbite fixed, but I know plenty of adults who have/had braces in their 30s/40s - because it's easier to afford now than when they were kids! Find out, because if you let it go you could have worse problems when you get older.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:15 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I know of a lot of people (my husband too) who have gotten braces as an adult and they didn't regret it.

    Answer by KTMOM at 5:53 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

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