Buck Teeth

How to get rid of buck teeth?

Buck Teeth: Causes, Risks & Treatment Options

Upper front teeth that are protruding? Upper teeth extending past your lower set? What can you do? It's possible to correct and treat protruding front teeth by formulating a carefully constructed treatment plan with one of our orthodontists. Get an appointment today.

What are buck teeth?

Buck teeth, or as sadly some people refer to as “goofy teeth”, is a term given to describe large overbites or protruding teeth, a type of malocclusion where the top row of teeth typically overlaps with the bottom row. In severe misalignment cases, treatment might be required to realign the smile to prevent oral problems from arising.

What causes buck teeth (overbite)?

Often caused by genetics, overbites can also form from childhood habits like thumb-sucking. Overbites are common and something we see all the time at our clinic, with most of the time, patients correcting the issue because of aesthetics.

Why you should get them treated

Risks of buck teeth

Without treatment, buck teeth can cause several oral health issues, such as:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Difficulty and problems with speech
  • Bruxism and jaw issues
  • Easier to chip, crack or knock out
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Damage to gums and other teeth

What age do you fix buck teeth?

Can buck teeth be fixed in adults? Absolutely, treatment for buck teeth and teeth misalignment is available at any stage. However, it’s best to treat buck teeth as young as possible while the teeth are still developing. That said, it’s never too late to realign your smile, and you can do so with invisible aligners that make treatment more discreet if you’re a bit self-conscious about wearing braces.

Invisalign for buck teeth

Invisalign is successful in treating overbites within 12 months. Custom-designed clear plastic trays are used to gradually move your teeth back into a more suitable position throughout the course of your treatment. Opting for Invisalign is great for patients wanting to avoid the semi-permanency of braces as they are removable.

Can you straighten an overbite without braces?

Options to fix an overbite without braces include orthognathic surgery that helps move your teeth and jaw properly, resulting in a more agreeable bite. That said, jaw surgery is a big commitment and is recommended mostly where the problem is skeletal or severe. In slight overbite cases, veneers can be used to straighten teeth and mask buck teeth. The benefit of using veneers over other cosmetic procedure is the fact that it’s fast and long-lasting.

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