Protruding Teeth

How to fix protruding teeth or "buck teeth"

Protruding Teeth: Causes, Complications and Treatment

Whether you have protruding front teeth, protruding canine teeth or just generally buck teeth that stick out, we have solutions that can transform your smile within 12 months of treatment. Unless opting for porcelain veneers, sadly, there's no immediate fix, but with innovative, invisible orthodontic treatments like Invisalign, patients can realign their smiles and correct their overbites or open bites for good. Organise a consultation to target protruding teeth today.

Invisalign for protruding teeth

It is possible to treat protruding teeth with Invisalign, as it can be effective in cases where teeth protrude due to the angle in the gum. However, in cases where open bites result from skeletal formation, Invisalign must be carried out in conjunction with surgery.

How to fix protruding teeth without braces

Open bite malocclusion, or protruding teeth, is one of the most challenging dental problems to treat orthodontically, let alone without braces, as the causes of the open bite are multi-factorial, often skeletal and dental. In short, fixing protruding teeth or an open bite can be impossible without surgery or braces. That said, if the open bite is small, veneers can be used to improve your smile.

An orthodontist must be involved

Risk factors of protruding teeth

The common results and problems associated with leaving open bites untreated:

  • Poor swallowing habits
  • Swollen tonsils or tongue-tie
  • Jaw pain or headaches
  • Tooth decay and difficulty chewing
  • Gum disease or tooth loss

When you’ll need jaw surgery

Some instances of open bites are too severe for orthodontic treatment alone, and our orthodontists might suggest orthognathic surgery to address the skeletal alignment. Jaw surgery can sometimes be recommended in cases where a large space remains between the jaws when the mouth is closed.

Defining your bite problem

Patients suffering from protruding teeth have a bite condition referred to as an open bite, which, depending on the severity, is a class II or class III malocclusion, or “bad bite”. Patients with an anterior open bite suffer from the front upper and lower teeth slanting outwards, preventing the teeth from touching when the mouth is shut.

Causes of an open bite

Two defining factors of an open bite are either skeletal or dental.

  • Skeletal problems and bone growth
  • Inherited or genetic
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Tongue thrusting or thumb sucking
  • Pacifier-use as a child
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