Protruding TeethHow to fix protruding teeth or "buck teeth"
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.
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
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