Buck teeth protrude out from under the upper lip. In mild cases, the teeth may rest a few millimeters forward of the lower incisors. In severe cases, the teeth may extend over the lower lip.
Protrusion is just one form of orthodontic malocclusion. However, it is typically quite noticeable. For this reason, many patients seek to correct the problem with procedures in cosmetic dentistry.
Here, our team at Artistic Expressions Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA discusses treatment for buck teeth and offers insight on the importance of addressing this issue.
The Importance of Correcting Buck Teeth
Most patients who seek treatment for buck teeth do so because they are concerned about the aesthetics of their smile. Fortunately, this can be remedied through a number of treatment options, which will be discussed in the sections below.
More importantly, however, protruding teeth are much more susceptible to trauma and damage. If left untreated, patients could face more extensive, costlier procedures in the future.
The most obvious treatment option for buck teeth is orthodontics. Traditional braces can gradually shift the teeth into more favorable positions over time.
Unfortunately, many individuals avoid this option because they do not want to wear a metal appliance. That is why we offer Invisalign® at our practice.
This system can address many of the same conditions conventionally treated with traditional orthodontics. Rather than metal wires, bands, and brackets, Invisalign uses clear removable trays to move the teeth. In most cases, treatment can be completed in about 18 to 24 months.
Minor protrusion may not require orthodontic treatment. Some mild cases can be addressed with dental bonding. During this procedure, your dentist applies tooth-colored composite resin material to the teeth.
After shaping and molding the material, it is hardened with a curing light, and then polished to a natural-looking shine. Dental bonding can camouflage slight cosmetic flaws, making the teeth appear flusher.
Veneers accomplish the same thing as dental bonding by masking misalignment issues. Unlike bonding, however, porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory, and are designed to fit over your natural teeth.
Ultra-thin and transparent like natural enamel, veneers are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth for a more uniform smile.
Crowns fits over the entire tooth structure rather than just the front surface. In cases of buck teeth, crowns can be used to bring uniformity and symmetry to the smile. This treatment is typically only effective for cases of minor protrusion.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
While no one likes to hear they may require surgery, it may be the only option for severe buck teeth, especially in adult patients.
If the overjet is skeletal in nature, an oral surgeon can resection and reposition the jaw, bringing it into proper alignment. This process is often followed by traditional orthodontic treatment.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are self-conscious about your buck teeth, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to address your needs. The procedure recommended for you will be contingent on the severity of your condition and your long-term goals.
To explore your options, schedule a consultation at our practice. You can contact us online or give us a call at (215) 340-1199.