Protruding front teeth is a common problem in children but can continue into adulthood. Commonly known as ‘buck teeth’, there is no need for treatment unless they are causing oral health issues. However, for cosmetic reasons you may want to have them corrected with, for example, Invisalign® clear aligners.

If you have concerns about your front teeth sticking out, it is advisable to see a specialist in teeth and jaw alignment (orthodontist). Dr. Chaw-Su Kyi, is a highly skilled orthodontist, offering a range of treatments for dental protrusion in West London to help straighten your smile.

Is There a Difference Between Buck Teeth and an Overbite?

Buck teeth and an overbite are often confused. In both cases, the upper teeth protrude over the bottom teeth. The term for buck teeth is overjet and the difference is that with an overbite the teeth remain straight, pointing downward; whereas with an overjet the teeth protrude at an angle,like Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s. Dr. Kyi is an expert in both overjet and overbite treatment in London.

What Are the Causes of Dental Protrusion?

There are several factors that may cause the front teeth to protrude, these include:

  • Thumb sucking
    While it is entirely natural for children to suck their thumb, if it continues when the permanent teeth begin to appear, beyond the age of 3 or 4, it can cause them to erupt at an angle.
    Typically, the teeth can correct themselves and there is no permanent damage if thumb sucking stops before the age of 7. Beyond that, the adult teeth can be permanently affected, and it is more likely that orthodontic treatment will be required at a later date to correct the tooth position.
  • Dummies, pacifiers and soothers
    Although sucking on a dummy can have the same effect as thumb sucking on the teeth, dummies seem to cause fewer problems as the habit is often stopped before the age of 7.
  • Tongue thrusting
    This is another condition common in children when the tongue presses against the teeth. It may be caused by several factors, including swollen tonsils.
  • Genetics
    Hereditary factors may be a cause of protruding teeth and you may find your family members have a similar appearance.
  • Overcrowding, extra, missing and impacted teeth
    Any of these issues can contribute to the misalignment of your teeth, causing the appearance of buck teeth.

How to Correct Protruding Teeth

Buck teeth are typically corrected with orthodontic treatments. These consist of traditional braces affixed permanently to the teeth, followed by retainers, which are removable.

While braces are common for children, adults may prefer a treatment that is less conspicuous. Invisalign for protrusion in London is a suitable alternative to braces and are virtually invisible. The treatment consists of wearing a series of clear aligners that fit over the teeth (like a mouthguard, but thinner) to gradually straighten and move the teeth to their ideal position. Treatment typically takes between 12-18 months.

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Schedule an appointment with award-winning orthodontist Dr. Chaw-Su Kyi, who is a specialist in teeth alignment issues, such as dental protrusion, in West London. Awarded the 2020 Specialist Orthodontist of the Year by GHP magazine, Dr Kyi has a long-standing reputation for innovation and expertise with a commitment to finding the best solutions for creating beautiful, straight smiles.