Treatment for Buck Teeth
Also referred to as an overjet, buck teeth refer to upper front teeth that protrude outward. This condition can range from mild to severe. In some cases, the teeth may rest only a few millimeters in front of the lower incisors. In other instances, they may extend several millimeters and even reach past the lower lip.
Buck teeth are a common malocclusion issue, and they are generally quite obvious. For this reason, many individuals are quicker to address this problem compared to other forms of malocclusion.
We offer a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of the smile at our Queens, NY practice. Here, we discuss treatment for buck teeth and explore why treating this issue is so important.
Why Treating Buck Teeth Is Important
Most individuals with buck teeth seek treatment solely because of cosmetic concerns. This issue can significantly detract from an otherwise attractive smile.
More notably, however, protruding teeth can drastically increase the risk for trauma. If the condition is left untreated, patients may need costly restorative procedures later on.
Typically, the recommendation for buck teeth is orthodontic treatment. Braces can effectively move the teeth back into more appropriate positions.
Patients who do not want to wear metal braces may be eligible for Invisalign® treatment. This system, available at our practice, can realign the teeth without the need for metal components. An optimal bite is achieved by moving the teeth gradually with clear, removeable plastic aligners.
Like traditional braces, Invisalign can correct a number of alignment and bite issues. Straighter teeth can usually be achieved in about 18 to 24 months.
Mild cases of protrusion may be treatable with cosmetic procedures. For example, dental bonding can make the teeth appear flush for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
This procedure involves applying composite resin to the teeth. The dentist will then shape and mold the tooth-colored material and harden it with a curing light. Finally, any necessary adjustments are made and the teeth are polished.
Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers make the teeth appear flush with one another. These custom-made fabrications are crafted by a skilled ceramist who will create the size and shape according to your unique dental anatomy.
To place veneers, small amounts of enamel are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth.
Like bonding and veneers, crowns are only appropriate for treating mild cases of buck teeth. These tooth-shaped restorations can bring balance and uniformity to a smile and may therefore be used to address minor protrusion.
Dental crowns are typically only recommended if the front teeth are damaged and require the additional support and protection provided by a dental crown.
If severe protrusion is left untreated during childhood, then corrective jaw surgery may be the only option for adults. Because some cases of buck teeth are skeletal in nature, the jaw must be repositioned for proper function. Those who undergo this process typically wear traditional braces following oral surgery.
Contact Astoria Dental Group
If you have buck teeth, effective treatment can improve your overall appearance and oral health. Our team can design a personalized treatment plan to accommodate your unique needs. To explore your options, schedule a consultation at Astoria Dental Group. Contact us online or call our office at (718) 278-1123.